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Title: 馬修 • 路易士小說《僧侶》中的門
The Door in Matthew Lewis’s The Monk
Authors: 易宣妏
Yi, Hsuan-Wen
Contributors: 吳易道
Wu, Yih-Dau
Yi, Hsuan-Wen
Keywords: 馬修 • 路易士

Matthew Lewis
The Monk
opening and closing doors
gender interactions
Date: 2019
Issue Date: 2019-08-07 15:42:22 (UTC+8)
Abstract: 門是一個日常生活中屢見不鮮的物品,人們常將它的存在視為理所當然,無需特別重視。這也許正是為什麼,雖然馬修•路易士的志異小說《僧侶》中有許許多多對門的描述,但幾乎沒有志異小說學者仔細地評論這些描述,並解釋門在此小說中所扮演的角色。本論文希冀能填補此空白。

A door is a common object in daily life, so much so that its significance is not immediately obvious to us. This probably explains why, as far as I know, no scholars of Gothic fiction have ever scrutinised the role doors play in Matthew Lewis’s The Monk, even though this novel obsessively draws readers’ attention to them. This dissertation seeks to rectify this critical oversight and to explain why we need to pay attention to doors in The Monk.

The first chapter of this dissertation explores the issues of boundaries and control that the existence of a door necessarily brings about. I use the examples of Elvira’s door and the door of the church of Capuchins to show how protection can shade into tyranny. Chapter two tries to revise Mark Madoff’s view that spaces in Gothic novels tend to fall into two distinct categories: the inside and the outside. Examining the acts of opening and closing doors in The Monk, I show how the strict spatial dichotomy that Madoff proposes does not stand in Lewis’s text. Chapter three asks what happens when the decisions to open/close and to leave/enter a door become controversial. I argue that in The Monk, these controversial decisions are often complicated further by the power struggle between men and women. The drama of gender dynamics and self-determination depend largely on doors.
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