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Author Edelman, Diana,
Title Embryology and the rise of the Gothic novel / Diana Edelman.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, 2021.

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Author Edelman, Diana,
Series Palgrave studies in literature, science and medicine
Palgrave studies in literature, science, and medicine.
Subject Gothic fiction (Literary genre), English -- History and criticism.
English literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Science in literature -- History -- 18th century.
Science in literature -- History -- 19th century.
Description 1 online resource (1 volume)
Contents 1. Conceiving the Gothic; or, A New Species of Romance -- 2. A very natural dream; or, The Castle of Otranto -- 3. The liberty of choice; or, The Novels of Ann Radcliffe -- 4. Dark, shapeless substances; or, Mary Shelleys Frankenstein -- 5. Nature preached a milder theology; Or, Melmoth the Wanderer -- 6. Something scarcely tangible; Or, James Hoggs Confessions -- 7. Conclusion: Gothic Offspring; or, the qualitas occulta.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary This book argues that embryology and the reproductive sciences played a key role in the rise of the Gothic novel in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Diana Perez Edelman dissects Horace Walpoles use of embryological concepts in the development of his Gothic imagination and provides an overview of the conflict between preformation and epigenesis in the scientific community. The book then explores the ways in which Gothic literature can be read as epigenetic in its focus on internally sourced modes of identity, monstrosity, and endless narration. The chapters analyze Horace Walpoles The Castle of Otranto; Ann Radcliffes A Sicilian Romance, The Italian, and The Mysteries of Udolpho; Mary Shelleys Frankenstein; Charles Robert Maturins Melmoth the Wanderer; and James Hoggs Confessions of a Justified Sinner, arguing that these touchstones of the Gothic register why the Gothic emerged at that time and why it continues today: the mysteries of reproduction remain unsolved. Diana Perez Edelman is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Georgia, Gainesville, USA.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9783030736484 (electronic bk.)
3030736482 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-030-73648-4
OCLC # 1260299242
Additional Format Print version: EDELMAN, DIANA. EMBRYOLOGY AND THE RISE OF THE GOTHIC NOVEL. [Place of publication not identified] : PALGRAVE MACMILLAN, 2021 3030736474 (OCoLC)1241245691

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