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Moral vision : a unity of cosmos, character, and incident in Mrs. Radcliffe's novels Whitley, Raymond Kenneth


Critical treatment of Mrs. Radcliffe's canon, in addition to being superficial, has laid altogether too much stress on the sensational aspects of her work. In my thesis, I assess the nature of the world which she creates, examine the consequent psychology of her good and evil characters, and point out the manner in which her treatment of some other themes correspond to that nature and that psychology. By this means, I intend to show that there exists in her works a strong moral vision and a unified artistic statement that shows them to be far less frivolous and incompetent than is generally thought.

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