Fear | Literature Criticism Patricia Merivale

This literature criticism consists of approximately 24 pages of analysis & critique of Fear.
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Patricia Merivale

SOURCE: "Learning the Hard Way: Gothic Pedagogy in the Modern Romance Quest," in Comparative Literature, Vol. 36, No. 2, Spring, 1984, pp. 146-61.

In the following essay, Merivale focuses on "Gothic pedagogy," or learning by fear.

A series of works—from Mozart's The Magic Flute (1791) through Goethe's Faust (1806, 1832), Flaubert's La Tentation de St. Antoine (1856), James Branch Cabell's Jurgen (1919), David Lindsay's A Voyage to Arcturus (1920), and Hermann Hesse's Steppenwolf (1927) to John Fowles's The Magus (1966)—employ the devices of what I call "Gothic pedagogy" in their dramatic or narrative structures. Inner artifacts—pageant, vision, performance—provide the hero of each of these "internalized romantic quests"1 with an astonishing, terrifying, yet phantasmagorical sequence of lessons, made up of separate episodes chiefly connected with each other...

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