British Identities, Heroic Nationalisms, And The Gothic by T. Wein

By T. Wein

British Identities, Heroic Nationalisms, and the Gothic Novel, 1764-1824 considers 3 interlocking advancements of this era: the emergence of the Gothic novel at a time whilst nationwide upheavals required the development of a brand new nationalist id, the Gothic novel's redefinition of heroes and heroism in that nationalist debate, and adjustments inside of category and gender in addition to viewers and writer kin. The scope of this research extends past the confines of the unconventional right to incorporate chapbooks and illustrated reactions.

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Complaint is not the only mechanism of subversion, nor must the complacent celebration of conjugal happiness necessarily entail only conservatism. Just as we can condition women to seek more by harping on their injustices, so we can also inspire them to search by painting pictures of the better life attainable. As long as that better life rests on a meeting of equal individuals, then marriage will not have to deform into the ‘slavery’ decried by Wollstonecraft and Macauley. 39 For their characters, women authors’ subversiveness lay not merely in an anti-marriage, quasi-libertine liberationism.

As the French Revolution caused people to alter their ideas of the supernatural and of villainy, so it produced a need for a new hero. Hester Thrale Piozzi exemplifies this uneasy blending of real and fictional tastes, worn so lightly by those living through it. Piozzi repeatedly praises Burke. According to her editors, political stability in England was more important to her than class identity (1989, 16). In her outrage at French actions, she approved Pitt and George III’s suspension of Habeas Corpus in 1794 and accepted the Treasonable Practices and Seditious Meetings Acts (17).

The fifth London edition announces Lady Le Fleming, Rydal Hall, as its owner. And the first edition owned by the University of Virginia carries the suggestive name Eliza Shelley, the two dots after the ‘a’ implying that the name is an abbreviation for Elizabeth and that the owner thus is Percy’s sister. The first edition of Matthew Lewis’s The Monk is graced by the armorial bookplate of W. Richard Whatham of Liverpool. A Bennett Wood Green, MD, of Warwick City, Virginia, owned the second edition. Two copies of the 1818 edition exist at Virginia.

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