THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Ann Radcliffe Literary Criticism

The Mysteries of Udolpho

An essay by Richard S. Albright, a professor of English at Shippensburg University, examining this novel in considerable depth, with an emphasis on how the concept of time is employed. Featuring analysis of several excerpts.
An academic article by JoEllen DeLucia of City University of New York discussing the heroine of this novel, as well as the Scots poetry featured throughout its narrative, from within the context of the Scottish Enlightenment.
An Essay by Harriet Blodgett exploring ideological parallels between Radcliffe's novel and Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, with particular attention to the protagonist of Udolpho and the role of sensibility in the text.
A paper by Beatrice Battaglia of the Università di Bologna exploring Radcliffe's representation of Venice in this novel, particularly her use of the picturesque, and its influence on subsequent works.

The Italian

An essay by Dale Townshend of the University of Stirling on the functions of visual and auditory effects in Gothic and Romantic aesthetics. Townshend discusses this novel, Matthew Lewis's The Monk, and the Romantics' criticism of Gothic romance.

A Sicilian Romance

An essay by Jen Camden of the University of Indianapolis looking at the roles of primary and secondary heroines in this novel, Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, and James Fenimore Cooper's The Pioneers. Camden focuses in particular on how these women represent competing ideals of national identity and femininity.