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    Ann Radcliffe: Literary Pioneer

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    Perhaps more than any other writer, Ann Radcliffe strengthened, enriched, and ultimately developed the Gothic novel form in British fiction during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Through the creative use of innovative ideas and theories, Radcliffe established a unique writing style which has earned her critical attention and respect throughout previous and future generations. Thus, Radcliffe is considered to be the pioneer of the Gothic novel, despite the fact that she was not

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    Ann Radcliffe Ann Radcliffe was one of the first successful novelist’s to write about romantic gothic literature. It has been said that her choice in writing about romantic gothic literature was inspired by the French Revolution. Radcliffe’s life was drawn shortly, but that did not stop her from becoming quite successful with her gothic literature. She had received positive feedback from her critics. It is known that she will always be remembered in the history of English Literature. Radcliffe was

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    Women Travel Writers

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    deeper and see how women travel writers were representing nature in the 18th century. I wondered if the women's descriptions differed far from the men that I studied in my presentation. I want to focus on Dorothy Wordsworth (William's sister), Ann Radcliffe and Helen Maria Williams. I'm curious to know if they were guilty of over-representing women in landscape and nature scenes. At the very end, I'll put in my two cents about the gendering of Nature. First of all, Dorothy Wordsworth traveled with

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    two good sisters. The heroine of such a novel is a pure, kind young woman who also has a streak of spunkiness. Her sister may be more good and kind, but she is more submissive and reserved. I would like to look at these sisters (and their mothers) in Ann Radcliffe’s A Sicilian Romance , and The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole. It is possible that The Castle of Otranto was the first to introduce these two good sisters as a means of exploring the duties and expectations of modern woman and her right

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    Gothic Literature’s origin is arguable as it is considered to be in Shakespearian periods or even in Chaucer’s period. Some think that it has originated in the “Dark Ages” preferably in the medieval ages. However, the idea of the originality of the Gothic Literature comes with the idea of it featuring in the 19th century predominately because there were certain themes evident in the 19th century’s period: for instance, science vs. religion, medicine and the theory of evolution (Charles Darwin), imperialism

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    Radcliffe and Wordsworth: Nature, Travel, and Memory In preparation for my presentation on the character of M. St. Aubert in Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho, I examined various passages from the novel's first few chapters which described St. Aubert's responses to nature in terms of the picturesque, the sublime, and sensibility. One passage which especially attracted my attention, but which ultimately fell outside the coverage of our group's presentation, is Radcliffe's account of St. Aubert's

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    writers in the genre, for example, Ann Radcliffe, focus more on the female victim and what she is thinking and feeling, exploring women’s anxieties about their lack of control of their feelings, their bodies, and their property, and their desire for something far more extraordinary and exciting than simply to be a domestic woman. The use of the supernatural by Walpole is so frequent and monstrous as to excite laughter rather than terror but for Radcliffe and Austen the supernatural is not

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    Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

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    coincidences into his plays that can get a bit confusing, especially if you are not familiar with the things that he makes reference to. In the play, on page thirteen, Lady Croom, Thomasina's mother, compares Mr. Noakes' landscape style to that of Ann Radcliffe's and Horace Walpole's imagery, both of which were Gothic novelists of the eighteenth century. The author's purpose in including this bit is interesting, especially if you are familiar with the novels he refers to. Here's some help: This

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    revised into 'Northanger Abbey', first advertised as a romance not a novel. Northanger Abbey is a fierce parody of the late 18th century Gothic styles: fainting heroines, 'terror' and haunted medieval buildings. Austen targets with particular venom Ann Radcliffe's extremely popular The Mysteries of Udolpho and has the characters reading and mimicking it whilst the author undermines it at every opportunity. Austen's comparatively book as good as ruined Radcliffe's reputation. Northanger Abbey itself

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    precepts I have so often given you […]. (20) The kinds of "precepts" instilled by St. Aubert are those that enjoin such "virtues" as moderation, simplicity, circumspection, and respect (5). Throughout the above passage and in her initial chapter, Radcliffe is establishing several binaries through which the novel as a whole can be mapped, and retirement in the country versus involvement in "the world" (1, 4), economy versus dissipation (2), simplicity versus exaggeration, serenity with congeniality

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