Ann Radcliffe | Critical Essay by Mary Laughlin Fawcett

This literature criticism consists of approximately 30 pages of analysis & critique of Ann Radcliffe.
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Critical Essay by D. L. Macdonald

SOURCE: "Bathos and Repetition: The Uncanny in Radcliffe," in The Journal of Narrative Technique, Vol. 19, No. 2, Spring, 1989, pp. 197-204.

In this essay, Macdonald uses the critical theories of Tzvetan Todorov that relate to Gothic romance to maintain that Radcliffe, in The Mysteries of Udolpho, uses the fantastic satirically and with a didactic purpose.

The defining characteristic of the fantastic as a literary genre, according to Tzvetan Todorov, is the hesitation or uncertainty it produces in the reader (and sometimes in the characters) as to the fictional reality of supernatural phenomena [The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre, trans. R. Howard, 1973]. The genre thus defined is extremely small: usually the supernatural events are either explained away, so that the fantastic becomes merely uncanny, or verified, so that it becomes marvelous.

Richard Howard translates Todorov's étrange...

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