Diane Long Hoeveler examines the Gothic novels of Charlotte Smith, Ann Radcliffe, Jane Austen, Charlotte Dacre Byrne, Mary Shelley and the Brontës to show how these writers helped define femininity for women of the British middle class. It offers both a new understanding of the genre and a wholly new interpretation of feminism as a literary ideology.
... a compellingly original integration of two of the most significant new developments in British Romantic studies—the recovery of women Romantic writers and the revaluation of gender politics in Gothic fiction.
Greg Kucich, University of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame