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10 - Gothic Prose

from Part II - Prose Genres

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 November 2021

Daniel Tyler
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University of Cambridge
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Alison Milbank’s chapter on Gothic prose, ranging from Ann Radcliffe in the late eighteenth century to contemporary Gothic, shows how often language in these works verges on the inexpressible, reminding us that our rational understanding of human experience may only be partial. Language that superanimates the natural world, the frequent use of em dashes that gesture towards the unsaid, even the unsayable, grotesque and arabesque styles, and equivocal, combinatory techniques are all mobilised to create a set of effects that test the limits of our capacity for understanding.

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Print publication year: 2021

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  • Gothic Prose
  • Edited by Daniel Tyler, University of Cambridge
  • Book: The Cambridge Companion to Prose
  • Online publication: 05 November 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108939201.013
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  • Gothic Prose
  • Edited by Daniel Tyler, University of Cambridge
  • Book: The Cambridge Companion to Prose
  • Online publication: 05 November 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108939201.013
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  • Gothic Prose
  • Edited by Daniel Tyler, University of Cambridge
  • Book: The Cambridge Companion to Prose
  • Online publication: 05 November 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108939201.013
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