Conclusion: Labyrinth, Origin, and the Gothic House of Mystery: <i>Woodstock</i>

Fiona Robertson

in Legitimate Histories

Published in print April 1994 | ISBN: 9780198112242
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670725 | DOI:

Series: Oxford English Monographs

Conclusion: Labyrinth, Origin, and the Gothic House of Mystery: Woodstock

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This chapter draws together the main proposals made in this study by examining the questions of Gothic form, suspenseful narrative, and legitimacies–both novelistic and political–as raised by one last novel, Woodstock. Woodstock, published six years before Scott's death, highlights his interest in frames, narrative and pictorial, symbolic and metonymic structure, and the figure of the labyrinth. It is also a good example of the way in which historical events are re-imagined as tales of mystery. The chapter examines the intense and repetitive imagery which leads up to these fake confrontations.

Keywords: Walter Scott; Gothic novel; Gothic form; imagery; mystery

Chapter.  3430 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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