This volume broadens the critical understanding of Ann Radcliffe’s work and includes explorations of the publication history of her work, her engagement with contemporary accounts of aesthetics, her travel writing, and her poetry.

Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823) was the best-selling author of the eighteenth century and her Gothic novels set the tone for a generation of Gothic writers. Regarded as having made a pioneering contribution to the Female Gothic of the period she was also an important critic of the Gothic’s different forms. This collection also includes an analysis of Radcliffe’s account of her medical ailments in her Commonplace Book which provides a new way of thinking about female bodies in pain and how they are represented in her novels.

The collection provides an important critical reassessment of a major Gothic writer of the period. It will be of interest to scholars working on the Gothic, eighteenth-century literature, and women’s writing. This book was originally published as a special issue of Women’s Writing.

chapter |6 pages

Introduction: Locating Radcliffe

ByAndrew Smith, Mark Bennett

chapter |17 pages

The Surprising Mrs Radcliffe: Udolpho’s Artful Mysteries

ByRobert Miles

chapter |14 pages

Radcliffe’s Aesthetics: Or, The Problem With Burke And Lewis

ByAndrew Smith