The Failure of Gothic: Problems of Disjunction in an Eighteenth-Century Literary Form

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byElizabeth R. Napier

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The English Gothic novel has recently attracted renewed attention by modern critics who have argued its importance as a mirror of late 18th-century discomfort with the political, psychological, and sexual climate of the times. Elizabeth Napier's work challenges these views, suggesting that theinstability of the form may be more successfully addressed through a study of generic structure and its relationship to the designs of the fictional works that preceded it. The first full-length study of narrative conventions in the Gothic, The Failure of Gothic examines the disjunctive form ofmuch Gothic fiction, and its repeated, troubling failure to deal conclusively with both the ethical and the formal issues it raises.

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The English Gothic novel has recently attracted renewed attention by modern critics who have argued its importance as a mirror of late 18th-century discomfort with the political, psychological, and sexual climate of the times. Elizabeth Napier's work challenges these views, suggesting that theinstability of the form may be more success...

Elizabeth R. Napier is at Middlebury College.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198128606

ISBN - 13:9780198128601

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'Elizabeth Napier proves herself to be a sensitive and discriminating reader/writer ... she is fully persuasive and her book is an important contribution to the study of the literary aesthetics operative within Gothic fiction of the late eighteenth century'British Journal of Eighteenth Century Studies