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An Analysis of Great Expectations and the Novel of Sensation

(March 08, 2012)  Charles Dickens's Great Expectations (1860-61) shares a number of characteristics with the sensation genre of the 1860s. The novel was initially published serially, prompting Dickens to create exciting cliff-hangers at the end of each weekly instalment, thus keeping his readers in anticipation of ..

Prophecy and Revelation in The Castle of Otranto

(November 28, 2011)  Ancient prophecies and spectacular revelations frequently play significant roles in Gothic fiction. Horace Walpole's seminal 1764 novel, The Castle of Otranto, utilizes troubling predictions and shocking disclosures as important features within its narrative architecture. The following analysis ..

The Female Gothic in Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho

(October 15, 2011)  Certain literary critics have identified a number of conventions within Gothic fiction which they consider to be of a distinctly feminine character. Ann Radcliffe's influential 1794 novel The Mysteries of Udolpho is a book which they feel could be regarded as belonging to a tradition of ..


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