October 2: Ann Radcliffe

October 2: Ann Radcliffe's "The Mysteries of Udolpho" | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
October 2: Ann Radcliffe’s “The Mysteries of Udolpho” | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Hello Cobblers!

For the second day of our Gothic Literature Month, we celebrate the work of the godmother of gothic literature — Ann Radcliffe!

For a biography of Radcliffe, check out The Jane Austen Centre: “Ann Radcliffe: Mother of the Gothic Novel.

We all know I love features, so check out this piece by V.H. Leslie from This is Horror: “The Dark Romance of Ann Radcliffe.” Here’s an excerpt to help you decide if this piece is what you’re looking for: “Her fiction was so popular that her fourth novel, The Mysteries of Uldolpho was hailed as the first ‘bestseller’ and she set the record for the highest paid novelist of the day. But what is it that Radcliffe established and if her work was so extraordinary why is she not more widely read today?

For our final piece, I went more in a scholarly direction with an article by JoEllen DeLucia from Project Muse, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press: “From the Female Gothic to a Feminist Theory of History: Ann Radcliffe and the Scottish Enlightenment.” To read or not to read? Well, read a little and then decide: “Far from generating a singular or universal account of women’s experience, this essay finds an uneven and non-linear feminist historiography sensitive to depicting different relationships between women’s experience and British imperial and commercial growth in the tension between The Mysteries of Udolpho’s representations of female sensibility and its Celtic paratext—what Gerard Genette calls a ‘boundary,’ ‘border,’ or ‘threshold.’

Until tomorrow, keep reading, my friends.


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