While the importance of space in Gothic literature and the role of spectacle in the staging of late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century British Gothic drama have received much attention, little has been written about how Gothic dramatic writing gestures with space. By looking at how dramatic writers rhetorically used Gothics politically and psychologically charged spaces in their dramatic works for stage and page, this essay explores how space functions in pre-realist drama. The essay shows how a rhetoric of space functions in three examples of Gothic theatrical writing - Matthew Lewis‘s The Castle Spectre, Catherine Gore‘s The Bond, and Jane Scott‘sThe Old Oak Chest - and suggests that British Gothic dramas spatial rhetoric anticipates cinematic uses of space.
) of one drug lord leads to the coronation of his violent successor.
The two chapters at the centre of the book make use of the pathos formula of the female ruler to discuss the fascination and anxiety that female sovereignty poses in relation to a crisis in American democracy regarding the question of legitimate and illegitimate power. The crossmapping of a series of first female presidents with a typology of queenship in Shakespeare’s plays begins in Chapter 3 with Beau Willimon’s Gothicpolitical thriller, House of Cards , because of its explicit references