Contesting the Gothic: Fiction, Genre and Cultural Conflict, by James Watt

By James Watt

James Watt's traditionally grounded account of Gothic fiction, first released in 1999, takes factor with bought money owed of the style as a reliable and non-stop culture. Charting its vicissitudes from Walpole to Scott, Watt indicates the Gothic to were a heterogeneous physique of fiction, characterised now and then by means of adverse kinfolk among quite a few writers or works. primary to his argument approximately those works' writing and reception is a nuanced realizing in their political import: Walpole's try to forge an aristocratic id, the loyalist affiliations of many ignored works of the 1790s, a reconsideration of the subversive attractiveness of The Monk, and the ways that Radcliffean romance proved congenial to conservative critics. Watt concludes by way of looking forward to the fluctuating serious prestige of Scott and the Gothic, and examines the method wherein the Gothic got here to be outlined as a monolithic culture, in a manner that keeps to exert a robust hold.

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