Gothic And The Rule Of The Law, 1764-1820

Hardcover | May 15, 2007

bySue Chaplin

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The Gothic and the Rule of Law is the first full-length theoretical and historical study of the relation between early Gothic fiction and an emerging modern rule of law. The work identifies not only a political and cultural, but also an ontological relation between what critics have conceptualized as 'Gothic' and the nature and function of modern juridical power. It represents a highly significant contribution to Gothic criticism and to law and literature scholarship.

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The Gothic and the Rule of Law is the first full-length theoretical and historical study of the relation between early Gothic fiction and an emerging modern rule of law. The work identifies not only a political and cultural, but also an ontological relation between what critics have conceptualized as 'Gothic' and the nature and functio...

SUE CHAPLIN is Senior Lecturer in English at Leeds Metropolitan University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:May 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230507557

ISBN - 13:9780230507555

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements * Introduction: Thresholds * Fictions of Origin * 'Written in the Black Letter': The Gothic and/in the Rule of Law * Spectres of Law in The Castle of Otranto * Clara Reeve and the Problem of Romance * The Law's Gothic Space: Sophia Lee's The Recess * A Maternal Tale Unfolds: Radcliffean Gothic * A Supplement: Gaston de Blondeville * Before the Law: Godwin's Caleb Williams * In Excess: St Leon and Melmoth the Wanderer * Conclusion: Frankenstein - Reproducing the Gothic * Bibliography * Index