The Transatlantic Gothic Novel And The Law, 17901860 Bridget M. Marshall

ISBN: 9780754669951

Published: March 30th 2011

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190 pages


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The Transatlantic Gothic Novel And The Law, 17901860  by  Bridget M. Marshall

The Transatlantic Gothic Novel And The Law, 17901860 by Bridget M. Marshall
March 30th 2011 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 190 pages | ISBN: 9780754669951 | 10.68 Mb

Tracing the use of legal themes in the gothic novel, Bridget M. Marshall shows these devices reflect an outpouring of anxiety about the nature of justice. On both sides of the Atlantic, novelists like William Godwin, Mary Shelley, Charles BrockdenMoreTracing the use of legal themes in the gothic novel, Bridget M. Marshall shows these devices reflect an outpouring of anxiety about the nature of justice. On both sides of the Atlantic, novelists like William Godwin, Mary Shelley, Charles Brockden Brown, and Hannah Crafts question the foundations of the Anglo-American justice system through their portrayals of criminal and judicial procedures and their use of found documents and legal forms as key plot devices.

As gothic villains, from Walpoles Manfred to Godwins Tyrrell to Stokers Dracula, manipulate the law and legal system to expand their power, readers are confronted with a legal system that is not merely ineffective at stopping villains but actually enables them to inflict ever greater harm on their victims. By invoking actual laws like the Black Act in England or the Fugitive Slave Act in America, gothic novels connect the fantastic horrors that constitute their primary appeal with much more shocking examples of terror and injustice.

Finally, the gothic novels preoccupation with injustice is just one element of many that connects the genre to slave narratives and to the horrors of American slavery.



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