Gothic Stories Within Stories: Frame Narratives and Realism in the Genre, 1790-1900

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McFarland, Apr 14, 2017 - Literary Criticism - 216 pages
Frame narratives--stories within stories--are featured in nearly every canonical Gothic novel. Sometimes dismissed as a shopworn convention of the genre, frame narratives in fact function as a dynamic basis for imaginative variation and are vital to evaluating the diverse Gothic tradition. The juxtaposition between the everyday "frame world" of the story and the disturbing embedded narrative allows the monstrous to escape textual confines, forcing the reader to experience the reassurance of the ordinary alongside the horror of the uncanny.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Ann Radcliffe and the Sublime Real
21
Mary Shelleys Monsters Unbound
45
Melmoth the Wanderer and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
63
Sartor Resartus
83
Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
91
The Old Curiosity Shop and Bleak House
109
Jekyll and Hyde and Dracula
130
The Turn of the Screw and Heart of Darkness
153
Chapter Notes
165
Bibliography
191
Index
205
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Clayton Carlyle Tarr is an assistant professor at Michigan State University, where he specializes in nineteenth-century British literature. He has published on authors such as Charles Dickens, Christina Rossetti, and Thomas Carlyle, and on themes ranging from the plague and teeth to bog bodies and disability.

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