The Transatlantic Gothic Novel and the Law, 1790–1860 by Bridget M. Marshall

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  • Title: The Transatlantic Gothic Novel and the Law, 1790–1860
  • Author: Bridget M. Marshall
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Date: February 2016
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: unknown
  • ISBN: 9780754669951

 

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Tracing the use of authorized themes in the gothic novel, Bridget M. Marshall exhibits these gadgets mirror an outpouring of tension about the nature of justice. On each side of the Atlantic, novelists like William Godwin, Mary Shelley, Charles Brockden Brown, and Hannah Crafts query the foundations of the Anglo-American justice system by way of their portrayals of legal and judicial procedures and their use of discovered paperwork and authorized varieties as key plot gadgets. As gothic villains, from Walpole’s Manfred to Godwin’s Tyrrell to Stoker’s Dracula, manipulate the regulation and authorized system to increase their energy, readers are confronted with a authorized system that isn’t merely ineffective at stopping villains however truly allows them to inflict ever higher hurt on their victims. By invoking precise legal guidelines like the Black Act in England or the Fugitive Slave Act in America, gothic novels join the unbelievable horrors that represent their main enchantment with a lot more surprising examples of terror and injustice. Finally, the gothic novel’s preoccupation with injustice is only one factor of many who connects the genre to slave narratives and to the horrors of American slavery

 

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