Radcliffean Speculations

Posted by Dale Townshend on March 25, 2012 in Uncategorized tagged with

Ann Radcliffe’s apparent disappearance from the literary scene after the publication of The Italian in 1797 is something that has long fascinated Gothic scholars.  Jacqueline Howard, author of Reading Gothic Fiction: A Bakhtinian Approach, has recently published an article in the online journal Romantic Textualities, in which she raises the intriguing suggestion that Radcliffe, far from ceasing to write, penned at least two anonymously published romances in the early nineteenth century.  The article is entitled  ‘Merely an Imitator? The Preponderance of ‘Radcliffe’ in Lusignan or the Abbaye of La Trappe and The Orphans of Llangloed’ . A link to the preview of the online journal may be found here.

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