This volume broadens the critical understanding of Ann Radcliffe’s work and includes explorations of the publication history of her work, her engagement with contemporary accounts of aesthetics, her travel writing, and her poetry.
Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823) was the best-selling author of the eighteenth century and her Gothic novels set the tone for a generation of Gothic writers. Regarded as having made a pioneering contribution to the Female Gothic of the period she was also an important critic of the Gothic’s different forms. This collection also includes an analysis of Radcliffe’s account of her medical ailments in her Commonplace Book which provides a new way of thinking about female bodies in pain and how they are represented in her novels.
The collection provides an important critical reassessment of a major Gothic writer of the period. It will be of interest to scholars working on the Gothic, eighteenth-century literature, and women’s writing. This book was originally published as a special issue of Women’s Writing.
Introduction: Locating Radcliffe
Andrew Smith and Mark Bennett
1. Radcliffe, George Robinson and Eighteenth-Century Print Culture: Beyond the Circulating Library
2. The Surprising Mrs Radcliffe: Udolpho’s Artful Mysteries
3. Radcliffe’s Aesthetics: Or, the Problem with Burke and Lewis
4. The Masquerade in Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho and The Italian
5. "As Like as Peppermint Water is to Good French Brandy": Ann Radcliffe and Hester Lynch Salusbury (Thrale) Piozzi
6. Ann Radcliffe’s Commonplace Book: Assembling the Female Body and the Material Text
Cheryl L. Nixon
7. Radcliffe’s Poetic Legacy: Female Confinement in the "Gothic Sonnet"
Olivia Loksing Moy
This series explores a wide range of women’s writing from across the world, spanning several centuries up to the First World War. Each volume consists of a collection of essays focusing on a specific theme, time-period, genre, or author, ranging from the canonical to lesser-known and neglected writers. These books will be a valuable resource for scholars and students of literature and history, as well as for more general readers with an interest in historical women writers and their work.