2015 Student Research Conference:
28th Annual Student Research Conference

A Tribute To Gothic Anti-Feminism: Matthew Lewis's "The Monk"
Maggie T. Wells
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

This essay reflects upon the extreme anti-Feminist nature of Matthew Lewis's Gothic novel The Monk. While most critics of this novel will notice the heavily anti-Christian aspects, the lack of positive depictions of female characters should also be noted. No woman escapes The Monk with a happy and respectful ending, and this essay critiques this work for that reason. The few representations of females in this novel are anything but positive. Using the Feminist Theory, one can see how Lewis portrayed his female characters in a very anti-Feminist manner.

Keywords: Matthew Lewis, Feminism, gothic novel, anti-feminism

Topic(s):English

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 404-4
Location: VH 1328
Time: 3:15

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