This paper explores the ways that Horace Walpole’s Gothic texts, The Castle of Otranto, The Mysterious Mother, and even the architectural Strawberry Hill, operate within a fascinating nexus of visual and narrative discourse. By analysing the intersections of the verbal and visual within these works, which combine and collide within liminal spaces that figure a threshold state between the supernatural and the subconscious, this paper explores the ways that Walpole’s texts work collectively to interrogate eighteenth-century theories of perception and imagination by positing a slippage between word and image that undermines the human attempt to make sense of the world.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Image & Narrative: online magazine of the visual narrative|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
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- Gothic fiction
- eighteenth-century literature
- Literature and history
- space and place
- literary criticism