undergraduate thesis
Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey" as a Parody of the Gothic Novel

Aleksandra Balenović (2017)
Sveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku
Filozofski fakultet
Title"Opatija Northanger" Jane Austen kao parodija gotičkog romana
AuthorAleksandra Balenović
Mentor(s)Ljubica Matek (thesis advisor)
Northanger Abbey is the first complete novel of the famous English author Jane Austen. Originally titled Susan, the novel was written in late 1700s and published in 1818. This novel is widely regarded as a parody of the Gothic novel. Jane Austen uses clichés of the Gothic novel to make her readers laugh and show how irrational they actually are. Her heroine, Catherine Morland, is an ordinary young girl that has very little in common with a typical heroine of the Gothic novel. She is so ordinary that the narrator has to keep reminding the reader that she is the heroine of the novel. Catherine likes to read Gothic novels and starts projecting her Gothic fantasies on people and places around her. Northanger Abbey is divided into two parts that take place in two different settings. The first part takes place in a village where Catherine was born and in Bath, a spa town in England where she is invited by the friends of her family, the Allens. That first part of the novel has hardly any characteristic of the Gothic novel and functions as a novel of manners. The second part of the novel takes part in Northanger Abbey, a family home of Henry Tilney, the man Catherine loves. In the abbey Catherines imagination takes flight and she sees Gothic mysteries everywhere around her and hilarity ensues. Things that are horrifying in a Gothic novel here have a rational explanation and are used to make readers laugh.
Parallel title (English)Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey" as a Parody of the Gothic Novel
GranterSveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku
Filozofski fakultet
Scientific field, discipline, subdisciplineHUMANISTIC SCIENCES
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmeEnglish Language and Literature (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. philol. angl.
Genreundergraduate thesis
Language English
Defense date2017-09-23
Parallel keywords (Croatian)Gothic novel Jane Austen Northanger Abbey parody
Resource typetext
Access conditionOpen access
Terms of usehttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
CommitterKristina Kiš