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Title: The Crisis of Intimacy: Lewis’s Infatuation and Radcliffe’s Attachment
Authors: 吳易道
WU, Yih-Dau
Contributors: 英文系
Keywords: The Italian;The Monk;infatuation;attachment;intimacy
Date: 2015
Issue Date: 2018-04-26 14:38:29 (UTC+8)
Abstract: Ann Radcliffe's novel The Italian (1797) has long been regarded as her critical revision of Matthew Lewis's novel The Monk (1796). This essay argues that the assumed revisionary endeavor belies important ideological affinity between these two authors. This often-ignored similarity manifests itself when we pay close attention to how Radcliffe's representation of attachment in The Italian both reforms Lewis's drama of infatuation in The Monk and inherits his skeptical attitude towards interpersonal intimacy. Lewis's work shows that affective bonds between individuals can be a divisive force, an unstable relationship and a horrible mistake. Despite its alleged rejection of Lewisite sensationalism, The Italian demonstrates the fragility of interpersonal affection in a way that shows Radcliffe's agreement with and appropriation of Lewis's psychological insight.
Relation: NTU Studies in Language and Literature, Vol.33, pp.53-77
Data Type: article
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