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Title: ゴシックの侵略 : 擬似ロマン主義的自伝としての、ジェームズ・ホッグ、『義とせられたる罪びとの私的な回想と告白』(1824)
Other Titles: Invasion of the Gothic : James Hogg's The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824) as a quasi-Romantic Autobiography
Authors: 小林, 徹
Issue Date: 31-Mar-2005
Publisher: 群馬大学社会情報学部
Citation: 群馬大学社会情報学部研究論集. 12, 55-68 (2005)
Abstract: Because of its clear Scottish origination and religiously charged story, James Hogg's The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner has been allotted fewer critical approaches with respect for the Romantic movement and various literary conventions. However, the work should not be considered totally divorced from those circumstances of the field of literature. It is not difficult to note in the Confessions two kinds of literary genre, Gothicism and autobiography, but their relationship is highly complicated. The Gothic feature is revealed in a devilish character Gil-Martin who seduces Robert Wringhim into killing his brother and others, and the peculiar structure of the work that consists of two narratives. The main narrative, the confessions, is by Robert who tells chronologically of his life, and in doing so he intends to establish his figure as a devout Christian. The other is the supplementary narrative by the editor whose apparent objective is to explain the origin of Robert's autobiographical writing and give more information as to the incidents described there, but he doubts the autobiographer's sanity and degrades the authenticity of his writing to be a fake. The editor's design seems to go well, which means that the Gothic invades the autobiographical mode to make it ineffective, but it eventually proves to be a partial success, because the Confessions paradoxically establishes itself as a quasi-Romantic autobiography by fully making use of its Gothic characteristics. First, the psychological interpretation declares Gil to be the double of Robert, and this is to show that Robert has been holding desires suppressed unknown to himself. Then, while writing about a series of his merciless adventures performed in direction of the devil, Robert unexpectedly came to be faced with his own incomprehensible self. Like many Romantic autobiographies, the Confessions taken as a whole has a function of representing the enigmatic figure of the modern self.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10087/2365
ISSN: 1346-8812
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