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Gender on the Gothic Agenda: The Monk through a feminine lens

Abstract : This dissertation focuses on the representation of female characters in Matthew Gregory Lewis’s Gothic novel, The Monk, published in 1796. As a major work in Gothic literature, this piece of fiction contributed to the definition of the characteristics of Gothic genre. Using the point of view of women’s status will enable the reader to understand the change of mentalities between two contexts of reading: when it was first published and in the 21st century, from our contemporary perspective. The first part focuses on a contextualisation of The Monk in both Gothic literature and 18th and 19th centuries British society in order to define female archetypes. Secondly, we will evoke the duality between Conformism and Transgression and its impact on the different female characters of the novel, especially Matilda, as well as the male characters. We will also analyse the possibility of defining The Monk as a protofeminist work by questioning the actual title of the novel as well as its legacy over following Gothic fictions. Eventually, we will consider its identification as a Gothic work in a predominantly female genre.
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Tiphaine Houguay. Gender on the Gothic Agenda: The Monk through a feminine lens. Humanities and Social Sciences. 2020. ⟨dumas-02987089⟩



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