Tendenze (neo)gotiche nella narrativa irlandese contemporanea

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] (Neo) Gothic trends in contemporary Irish fiction

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The essay illustrates the tendency within contemporary Irish fiction to the increasingly insistent representation of Gothic motifs. This trend, which aligns Ireland with the rest of the world, is colored by an indigenous tradition and identifies the primary influence in an 1820 novel, Melmoth the Wanderer by the Irish Charles Robert Maturin. In this novel the conflicts and terrors of Gothic are internalized indicating a perspective that will become dominant in the twentieth century Gothic novel. The analysis of some works by John Banville and Patrick McCabe will allow us to exemplify this process of internalization which is responsible for the substantial changes that take place within the classical conventions of the genre. Essentially, that component of evil and destructive violence that characterized the villain of eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century Gothic and that pervaded everything that surrounded it, the environment, the weather conditions, its dwelling, is now internalized in the labyrinthine castle of the character's mind . This involves, at a narrative level, a significant reduction of those symbolic ingredients of the supernatural and mysterious that assimilated the classical Gothic genre to romance and a consequent replacement of them with more real scenarios. The castle is replaced by the Big House, the geographical vagueness of the setting is canceled out by a more precise location of the places, which are often cities.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] (Neo) Gothic trends in contemporary Irish fiction
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)77-80
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • (neo)gotico
  • new gothic
  • sperimentale

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