European disruptions of the idealized woman
Matthew Lewis’s The Monk and the Marquis de Sade’s La Nouvelle Justine
in European Gothic
Abstract only
Log-in for full text

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

manchesterhive requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals - to see content that you/your institution should have access to, please log in through your library system or with your personal username and password.

If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/extracts and download selected front and end matter. 

Institutions can purchase access to individual titles; please contact for pricing options.


If you have an access token for this content, you can redeem this via the link below:

Redeem token

This chapter begins by tracing the mutual influences which the texts of the Marquis de Sade and Matthew Gregory Lewis shared. Lewis is rightfully accorded a prominent position in critical surveys of the English Gothic novel due to his notorious production The Monk. The de Sade has also recently been afforded a great deal of critical and biographical attention. In all, The Monk offers the following three core models of femininity that are both indebted to previous literary representations and intended to disrupt them: Antonia, Agnes and Matilda. Besides locational and atmospheric resemblances, there are also clear thematic parallels between Justine, ou les malheurs de la vertu, The Monk, and de Sade's subsequent La Nouvelle Justine. The chapter concludes by charting the reciprocity of themes and ideas between Lewis and de Sade.

European Gothic

A spirited exchange 1760-1960

Editor: Avril Horner


All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 200 72 4
Full Text Views 42 9 0
PDF Downloads 22 4 0