Castle of Otranto - 2 Prefaces and Chpt 1 (aka killing sons and terrifying…
Castle of Otranto - 2 Prefaces and Chpt 1 (aka killing sons and terrifying women)
real dark real fast; there is a lot going on in one "chapter"
where does the entertainment/fun come from?
let's short circuit rape culture and the marketability of sexual assault
horror as a tool for keeping interest
the ways woman hating and misogyny circulate in the novel
sexual history before the name; the "was called" as way to objectify
Matilda as less than, despite she is older; it's this double standard--despite her obedience and service to
"Take away that light, and begone. [...] She obeyed trembling (79) -- the setting and the use of darkness, shuitting out the light; it doubles the ways Matilda is "trembling" showing violent father
Found footage history--make it more "believable" or more "real."
it's "verrisimilitude"--this idea of being "real to life"
the use of "barbasism" to show how English this text is--bringing the horror home
how "real life" does this feel? "Back in those days"? "nothing that savors of that barbarism" (Walpole talking about "dark pasts"
"the force of truth" not colored by "the tinge of ridicule"
PATRILINEALITY: the ways that priveleg and property are passed between male heirs to secure status
manfred is the bad guy? "Mandfred had contracted a marriage for his son"--this objectifies the children, it's cuthroat, it's
ok, so Condrad's a male--but he;s chornically ill and sick! But still aggressively hoping he will provide sons
fun fact: what if patrilineality and patriarchy isn't good for sons, either
"so frail a foundation" --it reveals how COnrad is only there to solidify a "future"; son loses value
this lineage is RUSHED
The prophecy: "when the real owner should be grown too large"--sopmething about ambition, growing too large; what if Manfred's not the real owner?? (a crisis of patriarchy/patrilineality)
The use of a grandfather ghost-- this idea that supernatural can discipline Manfred's bad actions: the history and legacies of masculinities; alternatively, the legacies of violent masculinities; or like it reinstantiates men as heroes