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Master Thesis

Gothic Humour and Satire in Northanger Abbey

Abstract : Jane Austen revisits the Gothic Novel by creating a comic universe, around which Catherine Morland, the main character of Northanger Abbey, evolves physically and mentally. This dissertation first examines the form of the novel itself, by studying the narration and the techniques used by the author to make her narrator more credible and trustworthy, then the portrait of the heroine whose problematic role is at the heart of the narrator's concerns. Finally, the study of the form also analyses the different genres of Northanger Abbey, such as the Gothic Novel, the Parody, the Sentimental Novel, the Bildungsroman and the Satire. The second section focuses on the satirical aspects of Austen's work, offering a typology of eighteenth-century women, a portrait of customs and conventions and finally a reflection about literature and its influence on female readers. Lastly, the third section is based on a comparative study of Northanger Abbey and The Mysteries of Udolpho.
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Aurélie Chevaleyre. Gothic Humour and Satire in Northanger Abbey. Literature. 2012. ⟨dumas-00936705⟩



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