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The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story
Horace Walpole
0192834401
June 1998
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First published pseudonymously in 1764, The Castle of Otranto purported to be a translation of an Italian story of the time of the crusades. In it Walpole attempted, as he declared in the Preface to the Second Edition, "to blend the two kinds of romance: the ancient and the modern." Crammed with invention, entertainment, terror, and pathos, the novel was an immediate success and Walpole's own favorite among his numerous works. The novel is reprinted here from a text of 1798, the last that Walpole himself prepared for the press.


The Italian
Ann Ward Radcliffe
0192832549
Nov 1998
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First published in 1797, The Italian is Ann Radcliffe's classic creation of Gothic romance. Set against the backdrop of the Holy Inquisition, the narrative revolves around the sinister and mysterious monk, Father Schedoni, and the ill fated lovers, Ellena Rosalba and Vincentio di Vivaldi.
With a new introduction and updated notes, this edition examines the formal, historical, and political aspects of Radcliffe's most brilliant work.

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Vincentio di Vivaldi was the only son of the Marchese di Vivaldi, a nobleman of one of the most ancient families of the kingdom of Naples, a favourite possessing an uncommon share of influence at Court, and a man still higher in power than in rank. His pride of birth was equal to either, but it was mingled with the...


The Feminization Debate in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Literature, Commerce and Luxury
E. J. Clery
0333777328
November 2004
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In the eighteenth century, critics of capitalism denounced the growth of luxury and effeminacy; supporters applauded the increase of refinement and the improved status of women. This pioneering study explores the way the association of commerce and femininity permeated cultural production. It looks at the first use of a female author as an icon of modernity in the Athenian Mercury, and reappraises works by Elizabeth Singer Rowe, Mandeville, Defoe, Pope and Elizabeth Carter. Samuel Richardson's novels represent the culmination of the English debate, while contemporary essays by David Hume move towards a fully-fledged enlightenment theory of feminization.


The Feminization Debate in Eighteenth-Century England: Literature, Commerce and Luxury (Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Cultures of Print Series)
E. J. Clery
033377731X
August 2004
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Book Description
In the eighteenth century, critics of capitalism denounced the growth of luxury and effeminacy; supporters applauded the increase of refinement and the improved status of women. This pioneering study explores the way the association of commerce and femininity permeated cultural production. It looks at the first use of a female author as an icon of modernity in the Athenian Mercury, and reappraises works by Elizabeth Singer Rowe, Mandeville, Defoe, Pope and Elizabeth Carter. Samuel Richardson's novels represent the culmination of the English debate, while contemporary essays by David Hume move towards a fully-fledged enlightenment theory of feminization.


Rise of Supernatural Fiction, 1762-1800
E. J. Clery
0521664586
August 1999
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'Clery's breadth recalls Raymond Williams who could also have written a powerful statement like this ... The Rise of Supernatural Fiction should be read by an audience far wider than one concerned with Gothic culture alone.' The Wordsworth Circle
' ... superbly articulate and engaging ... this latest addition to the excellent Cambridge Studies in Romanticism series is a refreshingly new 'empirical' approach to fantastic literature that relates its contents to issues of social, political and economic change'. The Byron Journal
' ... a thoroughly and widely researched book ... intermittently witty as well as given to acute and insightful analysis'. Romanticism on the Net

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"A careful, detailed study of the transformation and persistence of the supernatural across the period...

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