Ann Radcliffe’s Scientific Romance

@article{Miller2016AnnRS,
  title={Ann Radcliffe’s Scientific Romance},
  author={Adam T. Miller},
  journal={Eighteenth-Century Fiction},
  year={2016},
  volume={28},
  pages={527 - 545}
}
  • Adam T. Miller
  • Published 1 April 2016
  • Philosophy
  • Eighteenth-Century Fiction
The trope of the explained supernatural has vexed scholarly efforts to place Ann Radcliffe’s works squarely within an Enlightenment or Romantic regime. The trope’s appeal to naturalism in The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) invites comparisons between Radcliffe and contemporaries like Erasmus Darwin, Charlotte Smith, and other early practitioners of Romantic science. I argue that Radcliffe achieves a more radical vision of science than her contemporaries by rejecting utilitarian appropriations of… 

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