It's Alive! The Gothic (Dis)Embodiment of the Logic of Networks It's Alive! The Gothic (Dis)Embodiment of the Logic of Networks
In Chapter One, I compare the society of informationalism and the eighteenth-century society of sensibility in order to extrapolate a three-pronged logic of networks: networks are subversive, networks are exclusive, and networks are based on codes. In Chapter Two I trace this logic through eighteenth-century gothic conventions as they are portrayed in Ann Radcliffe’s The Italian and Matthew Lewis’s The Monk. This shows how the gothic, like network society, depends on the paradox of containing the ideology that it subverts. In Chapter Three I investigate this paradox on a macroscopic level by examining the connections between “tales of terror” in Blackwood’s Magazine and gothic literature in both the pre-Romantic and Victorian literature. By both adopting and subverting the conventions of Radcliffean gothic, these tales are a key node in the web of the gothic stretching backwards to into the eighteenth century, forwards into the nineteenth century, and beyond.
School:Brigham Young University
School Location:USA - Utah
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:networks gothic ann radcliffe matthew lewis conventions blackwood s magazine bronte tales of terror
Date of Publication:06/18/2007