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Reading Gothic Fiction: A Bakhtinian Approach

Jacqueline Howard


This is the first full-length study of Gothic to be written from the perspective of Bakhtinian theory. The author uses Bakhtin's concepts of heteroglossia and dialogism in specific historical analyses of key works of the genre. Her discussions of Ann Radcliffe's Mysteries of Udolpho, Matthew Lewis's The Monk, Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein demonstrate that the discursive ambiguity of these novels is not inherently subversive, but that the political force of particular discourses is contingent upon their interaction with other discourses in the reading process. ... More

Keywords: Bakhtin, Gothic, heteroglossia, dialogism, Ann Radcliffe, Mysteries of Udolpho, Matthew Lewis, The Monk, Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198119920
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119920.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacqueline Howard, author
St Mary's College, Adelaide