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A Geography of Victorian Gothic FictionMapping History's Nightmares$
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Robert Mighall

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199262182

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262182.001.0001

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History As Nightmare

History As Nightmare

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(p.1) Chapter One History As Nightmare
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A Geography of Victorian Gothic Fiction
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Mighall Robert

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262182.003.0001

This chapter examines the properties that define Gothic fiction and demonstrates the importance of various geographical and institutional locations for this genre in England during the late 18th century and mid-Victorian period. It highlights the importance of anachronism in Gothic fiction and describes the historical and rhetorical attitudes which underpin this mode. It analyses early Gothic fiction including Ann Radcliffe's A Sicilian Romance and The Italian.

Keywords:   Gothic fiction, England, Victorian period, English literature, Ann Radcliffe, A Sicilian Romance, The Italian

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