Not fit to be mentioned: legal ghosts and displaced narratives in the Northanger 'Horrid' novels

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dc.contributor.advisorO'Connell, Michelle-
dc.contributor.advisorFermanis, Porscha-
dc.contributor.authorMangan, Christine- the authoren
dc.description.abstractOnce thought to be the fictitious creations of Jane Austen, the seven Gothic novels that comprise the ‘Northanger ‘Horrid’ Novels’ have been critically neglected since their rediscovery in the early twentieth century. For, despite repeated scholarship that posits Northanger Abbey as a pedagogical novel, references to the ‘Horrid’ novels have been primarily limited to brief allusions or disregarded entirely within criticism that confines them to hack or pulp writing of inferior quality. This thesis argues for the consideration of the ‘Horrid’ novels in their own right, examining how the presence of ‘temporally displaced narratives,’ that is, narratives which collapse the linear time of the central narrative and which focus exclusively on a minority public, ultimately serve as a signifier of absence. This study reads these texts as representative of authors motivated by an ideological agenda, ones whose narratives engage with the Gothic in order to recover narratives otherwise lost to a specifically male-authored history. The source of ‘terror,’ then, is located not in the traditional engagement of Gothic motifs, but rather, in the realities of eighteenth-century legal discourse. Exploring specific examples of patriarchal violence addressed within the temporally displaced narratives of the ‘Horrid’ novels, this study places particular emphasis upon the ways in which historically absented narratives are ‘recovered’ through the author’s engagement with and subversion of contemporary patriarchal law. These narratives of violent repression, written by both the ‘Horrid’ novels’ male and female authors, suggests that such narratives of subjugation are not exclusive to Female Gothic, and as such, proposes the need for a revision to the existing categorizations of Female and Male Gothic. This thesis ultimately demonstrates that the Northanger ‘Horrid’ Novels are worthy of independent examination, and that connections to Northanger Abbey need not be invoked in order to validate their inclusion within the canon of Gothic literature.en
dc.publisherUniversity College Dublin. School of English, Drama and Filmen
dc.subject.lcshAusten, Jane,--1775-1817--Northanger Abbey.en
dc.subject.lcshGothic fiction (Literary genre), English--History and criticismen
dc.subject.lcshHorror tales, English--History and criticismen
dc.subject.lcshEnglish fiction--19th century--History and criticismen
dc.subject.lcshRape in literatureen
dc.subject.lcshHomosexuality in literatureen
dc.subject.lcshWomen in literatureen
dc.subject.lcshWomen--England--Social conditions--19th centuryen
dc.titleNot fit to be mentioned: legal ghosts and displaced narratives in the Northanger 'Horrid' novelsen
dc.typeDoctoral Thesisen
dc.statusPeer revieweden
dc.subject.marc60010|aAusten, Jane,|d1775-1817|tNorthanger Abbey.en
dc.subject.marc650#0|aGothic fiction (Literary genre), English|xHistory and criticism.en
dc.subject.marc650#0|aHorror tales, English|xHistory and criticism.en
dc.subject.marc650#0|aEnglish fiction|y19th century|xHistory and criticism.en
dc.subject.marc650#0|aRape in literature.en
dc.subject.marc650#0|aHomosexuality in literature.en
dc.subject.marc650#0|aWomen in literature.en
dc.subject.marc650#0|aWomen|zEngland|xSocial conditions|y19th century.en
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