Miscellany: Regina Maria Roche's "Horrid" Novel: Echoes of Clermont in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey

Nowak, Tenille
June 2007
Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal;2007, Issue 29, p184
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
A literary criticism of the novel "Northangher Abbey," by Jane Austen is presented. It notes the interest of the novel's heroine Catherine Morland in Gothic novels. It discusses the reasons for Austen's decision to recommend seven horrid novels including the Gothic novel "Clermont," by Regina Maria Roche to the novel's heroine as reading materials. It says that Austen's styles were strongly affected by this Gothic novel, thus inspiring her as an emerging writer to acknowledge Clermont and its influence by recommending Roche's work to her own heroine.


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