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The Castle of Otranto: The First Gothic Novel

Abstract : This study stems from the statement "Horace Walpole's novel, The Castle of Otranto is the first Gothic novel". We aimed to study the novel as such. In the first part, we discuss the themes of the Gothic novel: the central importance of the castle, the maze, the escape, sex, the "doppelgänger" and "the fantastique and the merveilleux". In the second part we study the oneiric dimension of the novel: the origin of the latter, the importance of hyperboles, the "dramatization" of the novel, the detachment from the external world, the acceptance of the dream‐created reality. And finally in the third part the question of terror and horror in the novel is discussed by making a parallel with Feud's Uncanny: wakening of childish fears, the effect of narration, reappearance of hidden truth, Animism and relation to death.
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Charlotte Loiseau. The Castle of Otranto: The First Gothic Novel. Literature. 2011. ⟨dumas-00710585⟩



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