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The Failure of GothicProblems of Disjunction in an Eighteenth-Century Literary Form$
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Elizabeth R. Napier

Print publication date: 1987

Print ISBN-13: 9780198128601

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128601.001.0001

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Frenzy: The Castle of Otranto

Frenzy: The Castle of Otranto

(p.73) 3 Frenzy: The Castle of Otranto
The Failure of Gothic

Elizabeth R. Napier

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole. The Castle of Otranto is, in its exaggerated, frenzied atmosphere of medievalism, romance, and the supernatural, Walpole’s triumphant assertion of his own privileged immunity from censure, evidence of the tenuous connectedness he had with the ‘real’ world that was a source in life of his despair, his cynicism, and his solace.

Keywords:   Gothic novels, cynicism, Horace Walpole, medievalism, romance, supernatural

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