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Lecture 10

ENGC69 Lecture 10: 6.1 Northanger Abbey Film
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6.1 Northanger Abbey Film
Exploring Bath (cont.)
● Austenpresumesafamiliarity(ifyoudon’tknowBath,youdon’tknowwhatit’slike)
● BlaiseCastlebuiltin1766(30yearsbeforeN.Awaswritten)
○ notauthenticnottheoldestinthekingdom
○ “isitlikewhatonereadsabout?”thisistrue,becauseitisafictionalhistoricalcastle
○ RalphAllen’s“ShamCastle”aGothiccastlebuiltinAusten’stimetomimicacrumblingGothic
castle(madetolookold)
● ViewofBathfromShamCastle
○ biggeststructureisarealGothiccathedral(partsofitbuiltin757AD)
● NeoGrecianvs.Gothicarchitecture
● thecityiscalledBathbecauseoftheancientpitsunderneaththecity
○ AquaeSulissince4360ADRomanbathsbuiltlongago
○ grottocomparisonwithwildimaginationunderneathrationality
○ thetrulygothicthingsarehappeninginBath
“Real Gothic” ‐ Catherine’s Perils
confinementandescape:
● caughtinembarrassmentandshameindoingsomethingforbidden
● leavingherboringlife(escaping)
● Catherine’sfirstpartypresseduponbymanypeoplealongwithafewcreepymen
● pullbetweenwhattheThorpeswantvs.whatCatherinewants(ex.carriageridew/Mr.Thorpe)
○ noagencyorcontrolinwhereshe’sgoingorwhatshe’sseeing
○ realdangerforwomennopowertostopwhat’shappening
○ inthegraphicnovelMr.ThorpeisalsodepictedasbeingalotlargerthanCatherine
○ therealdangerisCatherinerealisingthatsheisinacarriagewithamanthatisnotpartofher
family(closeproprietybreach)
● “expelledfrompolitesociety”undercurrentofdanger;themasterofceremoniesistheonethatactually
introducesyoutoeveryone(youarenotallowedtospeaktoanyoneuntilthen)
● Elenorasthegood/motherlyshapervs.Isabellaasthebadshaperwomensupportingeachother
Bad Patriarch
● GeneralTilneyasthemainbadpatriarch:
○ veryhandsomeandcommandingCatherineturnsawayfromhisgazebecauseshethinksshe
looks“wrong”
○ “admiringtheelasticityofherwalk”=checkingoutCatherine’sbehind(creepy)
○ overwhelmingsenseofauthority“couldillbrooktheoppositionofhisson”;neverhasanyone
arguethisauthority;gothicthemeofauthoritarianpatriarchycreatingfilialdisobedience
(revolution)
● JohnThorpeasstandingforpatriarchy:
● Mr.AllendoeslittletokeepCatherinesecureinBath
● Cpt.Tilneynasty,selfinvolvedpredatorcharacter
● Isabellacanbecomplicitinpatriarchysheembracesit
○ upsetthatJamesdoesn'thavemoneysheknowswhatsheneedsoutofthesystemof
marriage

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6.1 Northanger Abbey Film Exploring Bath (cont.) Austen presumes a familiarity (if you dont know Bath, you dont know what its like) Blaise Castle built in 1766 (30 years before N.A was written) not authentic not the oldest in the kingdom is it like what one reads about? this is true, because it is a fictional historical castle Ralph Allens Sham Castle a Gothic castle built in Austens time to mimic a crumbling Gothic castle (made to look old) View of Bath from Sham Castle biggest structure is a real Gothic cathedral (parts of it built in 757 AD) NeoGrecian vs. Gothic architecture the city is called Bath because of the ancient pits underneath the city Aquae Sulis since 4360 AD Roman baths built long ago grotto comparison with wild imagination underneath rationality the truly gothic things are happening in Bath Real Gothic Catherines Perils confinement and escape: caught in embarrassment and shame in doing something forbidden leaving her boring life (escaping) Catherines first party pressed upon by many people along with a few creepy men pull between what the Thorpes want vs. what Catherine wants (ex. carriage ride w Mr.Thorpe) no agency or control in where shes going or what shes seeing real danger for women no po
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