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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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Villainy: The Italian

Villainy: The Italian

(p.133) 6 Villainy: The Italian
The Failure of Gothic

Elizabeth R. Napier

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses The Italian by Ann Radcliffe. It shows how the difficult juggling of the moral and the dramatic in Gothic works is particularly evident in Gothic novelists' attitudes towards their villains, who propel their plots and energize the ethical systems that test the hero's or heroine's endurance.

Keywords:   moral, Gothic fiction, Ann Radcliffe, dramatic

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