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Social Reform in Gothic Writing

Fantastic Forms of Change, 1764–1834

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Ellen Malenas Ledoux
    Pages 1-21
  3. Ellen Malenas Ledoux
    Pages 23-53
  4. Ellen Malenas Ledoux
    Pages 55-92
  5. Ellen Malenas Ledoux
    Pages 93-125
  6. Ellen Malenas Ledoux
    Pages 127-156
  7. Ellen Malenas Ledoux
    Pages 157-198
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 199-238

About this book


Social Reform in Gothic Writing provides a transatlantic view of the politically transformative power that Gothic texts effected during the Revolutionary era (1764-1834) through providing fresh readings of canonical and non-canonical writing in a wide variety of genres.

About the authors

Ellen Malenas Ledoux is Assistant Professor and Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Rutgers University, Camden, USA. She specializes in Romanticism, the Gothic, and transatlantic writers of the Revolutionary period. She has published articles in Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture and Women's Writing.

Bibliographic information


“Ledoux’s examination of gothic writing in relation to social reform … demonstrate its claims with evidence from a wide array of historical documents, and it succeeds in mounting a convincing argument about the ‘political activism’ of the early gothic … . the study is well written and rigorous, and it joins a recent groundswell of scholarship on the political and cultural work of gothic and horror fiction from the eighteenth century to the present.” (Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Vol. 28 (3), Spring, 2016)