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‘Gothicism’, ‘historicism’, and the overlap of fictional modes from Thomas Leland to Walter Scott
Christina Morin

virtuous manners of the Reader’. 21 The terms by which Longsword was assessed are also intriguingly present in the reviews of The castle of Otranto . Even before Walpole appended the subtitle ‘a Gothic story’ to the second edition of his tale, Otranto was concerned with exploring and representing the Gothic past, both as a barbaric, pre-modern era, and as an important phase in the conception of political liberty and virtue. Accordingly, the novel's reception, in its first and second editions, revolved

in The gothic novel in Ireland, c. 1760–1829