The Gothic Fiction of Adelaida García Morales

March 2006
172 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
ISBN: 9781855661233
Format: Hardback
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The Gothic Fiction of Adelaida García Morales

Haunting Words

Abigail Lee Six

By highlighting features common to the Gothic classics and the works of Adelaida García Morales, this monograph aims to put the Gothic on the map in Hispanic Studies.
The Gothic as a literary mode extending well beyond its first proponents in eighteenth-century England is well established in English studies but has been strangely under-used by Hispanists. Now Abigail Lee Six uses it as the paradigm through which to analyse the novels of Adelaida García Morales; while not suggesting that every novel by this author is a classic Gothic text, she reveals certain constants in the work that can be related to the Gothic, even in novels which one might not classify as such. Each of the novels studied is paired with an English-language Gothic text, such as Dracula, Frankenstein and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and then read in the light of it. The focus of each chapter ranges from psychological aspects, such as fear of decay or otherness, or the pressures linked to managing secrets, to more concrete elements such as mountains and frightening buildings, and to key figures such as vampires, ghosts, or monsters. This approach sheds new light on how García Morales achieves probably the most distinguishing feature of her novels: their harrowing atmosphere.

ABIGAIL LEE SIX is Professor of Hispanic Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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The reader sees the work from a new perspective, and light is thrown on the Spanish author herself. This is a welcome study that goes some way to explaining the power of Garcia Morale's novels to haunt the reader long after the last page has been read. BRITISH BULLETIN OF PUBLICATIONS
A welcome contribution to the critical corpus on this novelist. ALEC
This is an important, and much needed, comprehensive study of most of García Morales's novels. ARIZONA JOURNAL OF HISPANIC CULTURAL STUDIES

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