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Duelling confession within the novel
Neil Cornwell

noticing Matthew Lewis’s The Monk (1796). In this novel, which gave the sobriquet ‘Monk’ to its author, we encounter a nefarious accumulation of monastic denizens of both sexes. These can include individuals merely alluded to, such as ‘a robber, who had once been a monk’ who ‘performed over us a burlesque rather than a religious [marriage] ceremony’ (Lewis, 1959, 138), or alleged, such as a spectral bleeding nun. The young novitiate Rosario is revealed to be a woman – indeed the temptress and sorceress Matilda. Ambrosio, the supposedly saintly and immaculate ‘friar

in Odoevsky’s four pathways into modern fiction
Sara Mills

, this as defining the spatial difference in colonial life (Harkin, 2002). For example, Matthew Lewis, a plantation owner in Jamaica in 1816 complained of the being obliged to live perpetually in public. Certainly if a man was desirous of leading a life of vice here , he must have set himself totally above shame, for he may depend upon everything done by him being seen and known. The houses are absolutely transparent, the walls are nothing but windows – and all doors stand wide open. No servants are in waiting to announce arrivals: visitors

in Gender and colonial space
Alison Morgan

, deeds reciting Sad to hear and sad to tell How, at Roncesvalles fighting, Charles choicest warriors fell60 Matthew Lewis is best known for his Gothic novel, The Monk, which was first published to great success in 1796. MORGAN 9781784993122 PRINT.indd 52 23/04/2018 15:53 ‘Rise Britons, rise now from your slumber’ 53 The combination of rhetorical question and imperative renders this a forceful and passionate poem intent on rousing the people to fight for freedom rather than a ‘glorious doom’. BRITONS, from this fatal slumber, Rouse, your country succour craves

in Ballads and songs of Peterloo
Damian Walford Davies

historical ‘gothic’ of Clara Reeve and others. Many authors adapt the form, including the Irish poet Thomas Moore in his narrative poem Lady Wang (1817), in which he uses the historical narrative of the Manchu invasion and occupation of Ming China in 1644 as a device to comment on the English oppression of his native Ireland. The ‘China novel’, as it comes to be known, persists throughout the period with a number of notable contributions, including Matthew Lewis’s full-blooded shocker, The Bonze (1796), and Ann Radcliffe’s corresponding psychological terror, The Cantonese

in Counterfactual Romanticism
T.S. Eliot and Gothic hauntings in Waugh’s A Handful of Dust and Barnes’s Nightwood
Avril Horner and Sue Zlosnik

Gothic novel’s fondness for the sacrilegious act – for example, the rape of the drugged Antonia by Ambrosio the monk in the Convent of St Clare that we find in Matthew Lewis’s The Monk (1796) or the staking of Lucy Westenra’s body in the churchyard in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897). However, like the climax of Waugh’s novel, the final scene of Nightwood offers us parodic Gothic. There is no violence or demonic presence conjured up within the ruined chapel: only its sanctity, already dissipated through neglect, is violated. Thus the only boundary breached is that between the

in Special relationships
Frankenstein meets H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘Herbert West – Reanimator’
Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

Bleeding Nun in Matthew Lewis’s The Monk ? (1796). Are there any ghosts at all in Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw (1898), or is the narrative something more explicable such as ‘a neurotic case of sex repression’ on the part of the governess, as Edmund Wilson famously put it in 1934 (see Parkinson)? Gothic texts may call reality into question, but the answers they provide are not all the same. In some cases, which Todorov refers to as the ‘fantastic uncanny’ (but which we could also call the Scooby Doo ending), seemingly supernatural occurrences are revealed to

in Adapting Frankenstein
Catherine Spooner

needle-books? 27 Indeed, when it came to Matthew Lewis’s controversial bestseller The Monk (1796), Samuel Taylor Coleridge in the Critical Review considered that the presentation of sensational and salacious incident was likely to corrupt rather than educate youth. 28 On the other hand, many Gothic novelists, most prominently Ann Radcliffe, did

in Open Graves, Open Minds
Nightmares, conscience and the ‘Gothic’ self in Richard III
Elisabeth Bronfen and Beate Neumeier

Dreams: The Interpretation of Dreams from Chaucer to Shakespeare . Ed. Peter Brown. Oxford : Oxford University Press , 1999 . 147–67 . Miles , Robert. ‘Ann Radcliffe and Matthew Lewis.’ A Companion to the Gothic . Ed. David

in Gothic Renaissance
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The Catholic other in Horace Walpole and Charles Maturin
Robert Miles

European other. In the pages of the Gothic we seem to encounter the unfinished business of the Reformation, where the deformities of Catholicism are held up to the reader for the purposes of Protestant delectation. As an example, the opening scenes of Matthew Lewis’s The Monk (1796) ring nearly every change in the repertoire of Protestant horror and disgust. The Church of the Capuchins is thronged with

in European Gothic
The Gothic body and the politics of décolletage
Catherine Spooner

discern. These issues are dramatised most vividly in Matthew Lewis’s novel The Monk (1796). The controversy this novel occasioned on its publication was as much due to its perceived blasphemy, and the audacity with which Lewis flaunted his status as member of parliament on the title page, as to accusations of sexual immorality, but nevertheless Lewis was obliged to censor the more

in Fashioning Gothic bodies