Christina Rossetti's fractured gothic

Trowbridge, Serena (2010) Christina Rossetti's fractured gothic. Doctoral thesis, Birmingham City University.


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This thesis approaches the poetry and devotional prose of Christina Rossetti from a new angle, examining the possibility that her work may demonstrate the influence of Gothic literature, which Rossetti read during childhood and in her early career as a poet. Though both during her lifetime and in more recent critical studies, her work has been considered 3 mostly with regard to her Tractarian faith and her gender, this thesis will argue that Rossetti's work is preoccupied with Gothic, often in unexpected ways. This examination of Rossetti's Work in the light of Gothic both complements and augments, rather than superseding, criticism which examines her work from theological or feminist viewpoints.

This study approaches Gothic as a fractured genre, which manifests an assortment of tropes, motifs and styles which have come to be identified by the general term of Gothic. To read Rossetti's work as fractured Gothic opens up a new perspective, one which situates her Work in a different milieu, and which is significant for the study of Rossetti's work, but which also provides a different way of reading Gothic. This thesis engages with recent criticism of Rossetti as well as with work on Gothic, examining aspects of Rossetti's work which were previously neglected, particularly in a sustained consideration of poetry as a vehicle for Gothic. To read Rossetti's poetry as Gothic raises and examines issues that have been overlooked, as well as opening up works by Rossetti that remain largely neglected. The Work of Christina Rossetti raises important questions about the relationship between Gothic and Christianity which this thesis will explore.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
June 2010Completed
Subjects: CAH19 - language and area studies > CAH19-01 - English studies > CAH19-01-01 - English studies (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham Institute of Media and English > School of English
Doctoral Research College > Doctoral Theses Collection
Depositing User: Richard Birley
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2017 08:20
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 16:25

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