Otranto part 2

Otranto part 2 - Reception p117: reviews and criticisms Why...

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Reception p117: reviews and criticisms Why was Otranto considered so offensive? o The educated at the time believed the supernatural to be ridiculous o It is a reason why Walpole is anxious to reveal himself as the author of a controversial novel. Neoclassicism Theory and practice of literature imported from France with restoration of Charles Reaction against ornate poetic language of early 17th century Promotes imitation and translation of classical models Views purpose of literature as portrayal of universal nature, rather than particulars Literature should be probable Aims to modernize the English language Balance and symmetry aesthetic ideals Gothic Formulaic but resists easy classification because it is constantly evolving Middle class anxiety of inheriting power Ancestry inheritance and the transmission of property (ex: Otranto) Belonging to, or characteristic of Middle Ages. "Romantic" as opposed to classical. Belonging to dark ages.
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