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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
|Keywords:||馬修 • 路易士|
opening and closing doors
|Issue Date:||2019-08-07 15:42:22 (UTC+8)|
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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