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Rozrywki „serc czułych” w „Tajemnicach zamku Udolpho” Ann Radcliffe w świetle pism Jana Jakuba Rousseau

  • Magda Ebert
12 lipca 2018


The entertainments of „tender hearts” in Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho in the light of Jean Jacques Rousseau’s works

In the second half of the 18th century, English literature was influenced by sentimentality. One of the most talented writers of this time was Ann Radcliffe. She created the novel by combining the Gothic romance with the novel of sensibility. Radcliffe in her works formed two contrasting groups of heroes: honest and virtuous, and hypocritical and cruel people. With the diversity of character stemmed variety of preferred pastimes. In this article I discuss excerpts from novel The Mysteries of Udolpho, which describe ways of spending free time by the main characters and I show their relationship with the works of the philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau.