part of a (dysfunctional) social unit. Like Ginger, Phoebe’s
acts of violence are focused inwards on the domestic sphere, rather
than outwards on random prey.
There has been a trend in fiction, of late,
towards the association of the werewolf pack with military units and
other exclusively male
revealed in unprecedented detail, as is his brief
intervention into military surgery.
The Conclusion briefly charts the hitherto obscure final
years of British mesmerism. Its reading of the Victorian fin de
siècle embraces not merely the representation of mesmeric
practice on the stage and in fiction but considers, with reference to
contemporary reports of the work of Jean-Martin Charcot in the British
tyranny have been –
An irresistible military standing force.
An absolute command of the public purse by royal edict of
taxation requiring not even the appearance of popular assent beyond the
insulting claim of compulsive registration.
The unconditional patronage of all offices of public
trust, honour, or emolument, military and civil, together with an
unbounded list of secondary
‘Gothicism’, ‘historicism’, and the overlap of fictional modes from Thomas Leland to Walter Scott
Walpole himself was seriously disaffected with British politics. Over the course of 1763 and 1764, Walpole and his much loved cousin, Henry Seymour Conway, found themselves at odds with the majority feeling in the Commons over a debate centred on the arrest of John Wilkes for seditious libel – a charge related to statements Wilkes had made about the King in the North Briton . Severe repercussions fell on Conway, who, in April 1764, was deprived of the civil and military posts he held; so enraged was Walpole at this turn of events that he resolved to overthrow a
Romances, novels, and the classifications of Irish Romantic fiction
ghost of Strongbow tired and stale, the Gentleman's Magazine praised White for his originality: ‘The ghost of an antient baron, who stands high in the chronicles of military renown, rehearsing his adventures, in a narration continued through several progressive nights, each of which forms a chapter, is an idea that has not been started by any other writer’. 6
White's next novel, The adventures of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster (1790), also met a mixed reception owing to its striking combination of quasi-factual historical
Regina Maria Roche, the Minerva Press, and the bibliographic spread of Irish gothic fiction
misunderstood. 98 Following his failed military career, O’Neil finds himself imprisoned for treason after Mordaunt – disguised as the apparently benevolent Mr Wilkinson – tricks him into copying out a ‘seditious’ and ‘inflammatory’ radical tract ( The castle chapel , vol. 2, p. 41). O’Neil nevertheless naively agrees moments afterwards to deliver a packet of ‘papers of consequence’ for Mordaunt to a bookseller ( The castle chapel , vol. 2, p. 42). The receipt for this delivery bears O’Neil's name and is later used as evidence that he is the author of what he has so
later in this chapter, contrasts sharply with the fate of George Orwell’s Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four , born in ‘1944 or 1945’. 19 Winston was also born at the end of a war and the start of a new medium; but as we will see later in the chapter, this will condemn, rather than reprieve, him.
It was the Second World War that precipitated the superannuation of radio telecommunication by the development of visual media. By 1944, the invention of television’s secret military doppelgänger, radar, had started to be reported obliquely in the
primary criteria by which it is evaluated.’ 37 On this basis,
Wyndham’s evaluation is that Farthing and Freda do constitute an
admirably supportive couple, whereas the cloned family of the new Nazis,
which exploits them for military purposes rather than to provide
emotional sustenance, should be perceived negatively.
As a corollary to this, the novel presciently speaks to
legal issues surrounding familial
Michael Gamer regards Alfonso the Magnanimous
(1416–58) as the most likely model for Alfonso the Good, who
was praised as a military leader and commended for his morality in
personal matters. See Walpole, The Castle of Otranto , ed.
Gamer, p. 112.
Amongst the failed attempts to produce an heir
description of Ippolito and
Annibal as, essentially, Wild Geese – that is, members of the
Irish Jacobite forces who travelled to the Continent after the
conclusion of the Jacobite–Williamite Wars in 1691 to assume
military roles in various European armies. These soldiers were
instrumental in Louis XIV’s ongoing actions during the Nine
Years’ War, of which the Jacobite–Williamite Wars from 1689