victimhood. Witchcraft trials, perhaps paradoxically, have proven to be
fruitful sites for finding evidence of women’s resistance and agency.
Women accused of witchcraft resisted in various ways, including the
recantation of confessions made under torture. This very resistance,
particularly recantation, has led to some highly questionable
interpretations of witchcraft cases. On one hand, it is necessary to
recognise the possibility
Foucault, confession, and Donne
Joel M. Dodson
This chapter reconsiders Michel Foucault’s critique of confession in order to
examine, in slightly broader yet more methodological terms, what exactly we
mean by negotiating ‘confessional’ conflict in late Reformation English literature. My aim is to use Foucault to re-think Foucault: to read Foucault’s
later lectures on the ‘care of the self ’ as an alternate model for historicizing
doctrinal affiliation in late Tudor and early Stuart literature rather than the
penal or penitential vocabulary elaborated
Colonial Structures and the Gothic Genre
in Contemporary Puerto Rican Narrative
Sandra M. Casanova-Vizcaíno
This article analyses the representation of several colonial structures in the Caribbean
reconfiguration of the Gothic genre, specifically in two works of contemporary Puerto
Ricanfiction: Miss Florences Trunk: Fragments for a Romantic Trash Novel (1991) by Ana
Lydia Vega and Over My Dead Body (2012) by Marta Aponte Alsina. In these novellas,
specifically through the main characters reading of diaries and confessions, we are
presented with a description of the physical structures. At the same time, the colonial
structure also emerges, a context in which slavery, sexual abuse and mulataje are
described as ubiquitous sources of terror.
This essay draws on Julia Kristeva‘s concept of ‘borderline’ experience, a feature of psychotic discourse, to examine the representation of madness, split personality and sociopathic behaviour in James Hogg‘s The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner and the contemporary, muted Gothic of John Burnside‘s The Locust Room (2001). The main characteristics of borderline experience - a concern with authenticity and the proper name, with uncertain boundaries between inside and outside, truth and delusion - are central concerns in Hogg and Burnside, and the essay assesses the value of borderline discourse for a critical reading of madness in Gothic.
This paper explores the occult relationship between modern psychoanalysis and the pre-Freudian psychoanalysis of James Hogg‘s 1824 Gothic novel, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Haunted by the ghosts of Mesmerism and of Calvinisms rabidly contagious religious fervour, Hogg‘s novel explodes post-Lockean paradigms of the subject for a post-Romantic British culture on the eve of the Empire. Turning back to Scotland‘s turbulent political and religious history, the novel looks forward to the problems of Empire by turning Locke‘s sense-making and sensible subject into the subject of an unconscious ripe for ideological exploitation, a subject mesmerized by the process of making sense of himself.
This book takes four stories by the Russian Romantic author Vladimir Odoevsky to illustrate ‘pathways’, developed further by subsequent writers, into modern fiction. Featured here are: the artistic (musical story), the rise of science fiction, psychic aspects of the detective story and of confession in the novel. The four chapters also examine the development of the featured categories by a wide range of subsequent writers in fiction ranging from the Romantic period up to the present century. The study works backwards from Odoevsky's stories, noting respective previous examples or traditions, before proceeding to follow the ‘pathways’ observed into later Russian, English and comparative fiction.
The guerrilla war waged between the IRA and the crown forces from 1919 to 1921 was a pivotal episode in the modern history of Ireland. This book addresses the War of Independence from a new perspective by focusing on the attitude of a powerful social elite: the Catholic clergy. The close relationship between Irish nationalism and Catholicism was put to the test when a pugnacious new republicanism emerged after the 1916 Easter rising. When the IRA and the crown forces became involved in a guerrilla war from 1919 onwards, priests had to define their position anew. Using a wealth of source material, much of it new, this book assesses the clergy’s response to political violence. It describes how the image of shared victimhood at the hands of the British helped to contain tensions between the clergy and the republican movement, and shows how the links between Catholicism and Irish nationalism were sustained.
then some of its successors, with regard to the appearance in fiction of duels, monks and confession. Zosima is, no doubt, as has been remarked, ‘a composite literary image’ (Grigorieff, 1967, 34). Sergei Hackel (1983, 162–4) has proposed Bishop Bienvenu, from Hugo’s Les Misérables , as one ingredient.
Dostoevsky’s last novel, The Karamazov Brothers (Brat’ia Karamazovy , 1879–80), not counting of course the intended succeeding volumes never written, spans getting on for a thousand pages, comprising four parts, in twelve books and an
Exemplarity, female complaint and early modern women’s poetry
pamphlet accounts survive,
together with a ballad in the complaint form of gallows confession and (for
the stage) the domestic tragedy A Warning for Faire Women.2
This chapter examines how the crime’s enduring narrative and affective
energy was mobilised through the rhetorical figure of exemplarity across
these different forms of true-crime writing, but particularly in the ballad
referred to by Cousenage, ‘The wofull lamentacion of Mistress Anne
Saunders’. Feminine exemplarity has a volatility in this text, and other
gallows confessions like it, that raises the
obeys ‘all holy rites’ (Henry V, 4.8.116) of the ‘idol ceremony’ (4.1.222) he
earlier condemned, as a master-c lass in how to ‘piece out’ liturgical ‘imperfections’ (Cho.1, 23).
In tune with the temporizing of his politic Prince Hal, the great prompter
would disavow fundamentalist martyrs as ‘the fools of time’ (Sonnet 124), for
their embarrassingly bad timing. And that histrionic sense of occasion was
also Donne’s saving grace as Dean of St. Paul’s, according to Joel M. Dodson,
when the divine who had agonized over his confession crisis in his Satyres