Servants and the Gothic, 1764-1831

A Half-Told Tale

Kathleen Hudson

Servants and the Gothic, 1764-1831

Kathleen Hudson

Distributed for University of Wales Press

256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2019
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9781786833396 Published April 2019 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Servants and the Gothic, 1764-1831 provides a comprehensive literary and historical basis for understanding the servant characters and servant narratives that shaped the early Gothic mode. Engaging closely with a wide range of important eighteenth and nineteenth century novels, plays, and bluebooks, Kathleen Hudson redefines servants as an important means of exploring narrative in Gothic literature and illuminates their profound impact on discourses about identity, imagination, and the self.

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Deborah Russell, University of York
Servants and the Gothic offers a fresh, engaging perspective on the genre. By drawing attention to the liminal, often oppositional voices of servant characters in a range of novels, plays, and bluebooks, it illuminates the Gothic’s narrative bricolage and its interrogation of established social and literary structures.”

Angela Wright, University of Sheffield
“Through a winning combination of painstaking research and insightful readings, Servants and the Gothic, 1764–1831 appraises the importance of the too-often ignored servant in the first wave of Gothic writing. Focusing upon both fiction and theatre, Hudson’s work delightfully supplies the other part of the ‘half-told tale.’ For anyone interested in the rise of the Gothic in the eighteenth-century and Romantic novel, this book will be an essential read.”

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