Displacing the Gothic in <i>Lady Audley’s Secret</i>

Saverio Tomaiuolo

in In Lady Audley's Shadow

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780748641154
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651665 | DOI:
Displacing the Gothic in Lady Audley’s Secret

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This chapter analyses Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s updating of the Gothic mode in Lady Audley’s Secret, which includes replacing mediaeval castles with modern – clinical and domestic – settings as the new embodiment of patriarchal power. It then looks at the changes Braddon made to the traditional settings of Gothic fictions, such as ruined tombs and graveyards. The chapter also examines an interpretation of Lady Audley as Braddon’s textual farewell to the Gothic genre in its traditional form and as an introduction to the new mutating forms of the Victorian Gothic.

Keywords: Gothic mode; patriarchal power; traditional settings; Gothic fictions; Victorian Gothic; mutating forms

Chapter.  7989 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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