A Sicilian Romance (World's Classics)

A Sicilian Romance (World's Classics)

by Alison Milbank (Editor), Ann Radcliffe (Author)


In "A Sicilian Romance" (1790) Radcliffe began to forge the unique mixture of the psychology of terror and poetic description that would make her an exemplar of the Gothic novel, and the idol of the Romantics. This early novel explores the cavernous landscapes and labyrinthine passages of Sicily's castles and covents to reveal the shameful secrets of its all-powerful aristocracy. Julia and Emilia Mazzini live secluded in an ancient mansion near the Straits of Messina. After their father's return to the island a neglected part of the house is haunted by a series of mysterious sights and sounds. The origin of these hauntings is only discovered after a series of breathless pursuits through dreamlike pastoral landscapes. When revelation finally comes, it forces the heroines to challenge the united forces of religious and patriarchal authority. This novel should be of interest to general readers, especially those interested in Gothic fiction and women's writing, and to students of English literature, 18th-century literature, Romanticism, and women's studies at 6th form, undergraduate and postgraduate level.


Save:$4.19 (55%)


Temporarily out of stock

More Information

Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
Published: 22 Apr 1993

ISBN 10: 0192822128
ISBN 13: 9780192822123