The Enchantment of Escape: An Intertextual Reading of Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho
|關鍵字:||烏多夫堡秘辛;安•瑞克麗芙;互文閱讀;逃亡;逃避;哥德式小說;十八世紀女性;The Mysteries of Udolpho;Ann Radcliffe;intertextual reading;escape;escapade;Gothic novels;eighteen-century women|
This thesis aims to explore the theme of “escape” in Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho. By exploring this theme in Radcliffe’s most famous Gothic novel, I argue that the definition of escape does not limit to the heroine’s flight from the Gothic villain’s tyrant reign; it also suggests an ostensibly submissive and elusive mentality that strategically responds to the expected feminine virtues in the eighteenth century. When taking place in the Gothic novels, these episodes of escape reflect the collective female experiences of apprehension, avoidance and concealment, and demonstrate the courage to resist patriarchal tyranny by running away; when escape takes place at the level of reading, however, the novel readers’ escapism is often criticized for their wanton abandonment of domestic duties, the tendency to evade responsibilities, or ill literary taste for women’s education. This thesis aims to deal with these two opposite responses towards escape in the Gothic novel, and to decide whether the act of escape encourages passive femininity, or it may contain a latent power of subversion. In addition to Udolpho, this thesis would also provide an intertextual reading between The Monk, The Italian and Northanger Abbey by exploring their respective episodes of escape and the dialectic interaction between contemporary authors and texts. I would focus on the three levels— the narrative’s suspense, the character’s flight, and the reader’s escapism— to bring out the debate over women’s role in the eighteen-century’s family and society, issues that continue to concern us in the twenty-first century today.
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