Specter or Delusion? the Supernatural in Gothic Fiction
|Author: ||Carter, Margaret|
The first full-length study to explore connections among narrative viewpoint, fictional characters' belief or disbelief in the supernatural, and attitudes toward nonmaterial reality in the society to which the author belongs. Themes of uncertainty and madness dominate these works. The protagonist and the implied reader are forced to question the entire spiritual realm and the nature of reality. This study shows how these conflicts mirror cultural attitudes, from the rationalism of the eighteenth century to the skepticism and scientific preoccupations of the nineteenth.
"Carter. . . demonstrates again that she is a scholar of vast reading and sound, balanced judgment. . . . should prove provocative to any scholar of literary fantasy and useful to the student of the history of ideas. . . . the style is lucid and avoids unnecessary jargon." - FRA Newsletter