Ann Radcliffe, Romanticism and the Gothic

Ann Radcliffe, Romanticism and the Gothic

By: Angela Wright (editor), Dale Townshend (editor)Hardback

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This book offers unique and fresh perspectives upon the literary productions of one of the most highly remunerated and widely admired authors of the Romantic period, Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823). While drawing upon, consolidating and enriching the critical impulses reflected in Radcliffe scholarship to date, this collection of essays, composed by a range of renowned scholars of the Romantic period, also foregrounds the hitherto neglected aspects of the author's work. Radcliffe's relations to Romantic-era travel writing; the complex political ideologies that lie behind her historiographic endeavours; her poetry and its relation to institutionalised forms of Romanticism; and her literary connections to eighteenth-century women's writing are all examined in this collection. Offering fresh considerations of the well-known Gothic fictions and extending the appreciation of Radcliffe in new critical directions, the collection reappraises Radcliffe's full oeuvre within the wider literary and political contexts of her time.

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Dale Townshend is Senior Lecturer in Gothic and Romantic Literature at the University of Stirling, Scotland. His most recent publications include Macbeth: A Critical Reader (co-edited with John Drakakis, 2013) and The Gothic World (co-edited with Glennis Byron, 2013). Angela Wright is a Senior Lecturer in Romantic Literature at the University of Sheffield and is currently Co-President of the International Gothic Association. She is author of Britain, France and the Gothic, 1764-1820 (Cambridge, 2013) and Gothic Fiction: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism (2007).


Preface; 1. Gothic and Romantic engagements: the critical reception of Ann Radcliffe, 1789-1850 Dale Townshend and Angela Wright; 2. Ann Radcliffe, precursors and portraits Joe Bray; 3. Ann Radcliffe and Romantic print culture Edward Jacobs; 4. Ann Radcliffe and politics James Watt; 5. Ways of seeing in Ann Radcliffe's early fiction: The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne (1789) and A Sicilian Romance (1790) Alison Milbank; 6. The heroine, the abbey and popular Romantic textuality: The Romance of the Forest (1791) Diane Long Hoeveler; 7. Popular Romanticism and the problem of belief: The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) Robert Miles; 8. Transnational aesthetics in Ann Radcliffe's A Journey Made in the Summer of 1794 [...] (1795) JoEllen DeLucia; 9. Recovering the Walpolean Gothic: The Italian: Or, the Confessional of the Black Penitents (1796-7) Jerrold E. Hogle; 10. Ann Radcliffe beyond the grave: Gaston de Blondeville and its accompanying texts Samuel Baker; 11. Ann Radcliffe's poetry: the poetics of refrain and inventory Jane Stabler; 12. Ann Radcliffe and Romantic-era fiction Sue Chaplin; 13. 'A portion of the name': stage adaptations of Radcliffe's fiction, 1794-1806 Diego Saglia.

Product Details

  • publication date: 23/01/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781107032835
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 274
  • ID: 9781107032835
  • weight: 540
  • ISBN10: 1107032830

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