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New PDF release: Property and Power in English Gothic Literature

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By Ruth Bienstock Anolik

Eighteenth-century England witnessed significant social and financial alterations, together with the commodification of estate, individual and textual content via criminal containments—enclosure, coverture, primogeniture, copyright. English Gothic authors replied with tropes that labored to dispel the assurances of possession—the contested fortress, the beleaguered but enduring girl, the haunting ghost, the disjointed narrative—warning that possible mundane codes of possession have menacing implications, equivalent to the civil loss of life of ladies via marriage. This e-book explores the masterplot of the English Gothic textual content as a reaction to the Enlightenment’s rational simple task concerning ownership of self, estate and narrative.

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