BiographyDr. Beatriz González-Moreno is a Tenured Professor at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain, where she teaches English Literature and “Art and Literature”. Her research interests focus on the long nineteenth century, paying particular attention to the role of aesthetics. She has published a number of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters that address gender issues and aesthetic experience. One of these articles, entitled “Gothic Excess And Aesthetic Ambiguity In Charlotte Dacre's Zofloya” has been published in the Women’s Writing special volume on Transgressive Women, edited by Dr. Harriet Devine Jump. Also, on that subject, she has published a monograph, exploring the categories of the beautiful and the sublime in the English Romanticism and the aesthetic experience in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (Lo sublime, lo gótico y lo romántico: la experiencia estética en el romanticismo inglés ISBN: 9788484275251). She has analysed in further depth Mary Shelley’s monster in “The Sublime Made Flesh: Aesthetic Representation of the Creature in Frankenstein” (Estudios Ingleses de la Universidad Complutense, North America, 11, jan. 2003). She has also translated into Spanish and edited Charlotte Dacre’s Zofloya, or the Moor, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Land of Mist. Recently, she has translated and fully annotated Andanzas tras los pasos de don Quijote por H. D. Inglis/ Rambles in the footsteps of Don Quixote (co-author with Fernando González).She has lectured widely on the above topics and on how the aesthetic categories of the beautiful, sublime and picturesque have permeated the Romantic period, influencing writers, painters and composers, as well as on how the aesthetic categories themselves have evolved through time. She has also worked on the reception of P. B. Shelley in Spain and published an article in the volume The Reception of P. B. Shelley in Europe for 'The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe' series (Continuum), whose series editor is Dr. Elinor Shaffer. She has edited A Descent into Edgar Allan Poe and his Works: the Bicentennial, and acted as a guest editor for an issue of The Edgar Allan Poe Review, among other editions. She is working on the representation of women in the literary annuals of the Romantic period and has just published "Beautiful and Ineffectual Angels: Changing Identities in Mary Shelley's Tales for the Literary Annuals", in Culture & Power: Identity and Identification. Eds. Ángel Mateos-Aparicio Martín-Albo & Eduardo de Gregorio-Godeo, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-4438-4200-6. The visual component of literary texts and descriptions have been analyzed in “English Travellers and the Belated Picturesque Tour”, in Romanticism and the Anglo-Hispanic Imaginary (2010) (co-author with Fernando González). Currently, she is part of the project LyA, which explores the relations among the different arts; and she is also part of the research project “Edgar A. Poe on-line. Text and Image” (ref. HAR2015-64580-P) funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Romanticism; Victorian Period; Aesthetics; Gothic; Women's writing; Mary Shelley; Intermedial/interdisciplinary studies; Arte and Literature
Published: Oct 12, 2007 by Women's Writing
Authors: Beatriz González-Moreno
Gothic writing has been defined as a writing of excess exploring transgressions and anxieties over cultural limits and boundaries. Within this context authors such as Lewis and Ann Radcliffe opened the way to a double approach of dealing with the Gothic and its concerns, namely, the male and the female Gothic. My aim throughout this essay will be to analyse Charlotte Dacre's Zofloya (1806) within this critical controversy in order to prove how such a work does not fit an easy categorisation.