Kirill A. Chekalov
A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
Alexandre Dumas and a gothic novel (dedicated to 150th anniversary of the writer’s death)
Chekalov K.A. Alexandre Dumas and a gothic novel (dedicated to 150th anniversary of the writer’s death). Vestnik of Kostroma State University, 2020, vol. 26, № 3, pp. 134–140 (In Russ.). DOI https://doi.org/10.34216/1998-0817-2020-26-3-134-140
DOI: https://doi.org/10.34216/1998-0817-2020-26-3-134-140
УДК: 821(4).09"19"
Publish date: 2020-03-11
Annotation: The article considers the characteristics of interpretation by Alexandre Dumas père of a genre of gothic fiction based on the writer’s less popular works: Le Château d'Eppstein, 1843 and Le Pasteur d'Ashbourn,1853. Alexandre Dumas père deviates from the genre’s traditional surrounding, i.e. the southern France, Italy, Spain. Le Château d'Eppstein is set in Germany; by connecting the legendary past with the historical time, Dumas enhances one of the genre’s inherent features, at the same time enriching the narrative with a dense intertextual component. The events of Le pasteur d'Ashbourn happen in England. The first part of the book is a rescript of a sentimental novel Leben Eines Armen Landpredigers by August Heinrich Julius Lafontaine (1801; translated in French by Isabelle de Montolieu as Nouveaux Tableaux De Famille Ou La Vie D'un Pauvre Ministre De Village Allemand Et De Ses Enfants – 1802; translated in English as The Village Pastor and His Children – 1803), which beautifully contrasts with a traditional gothic plot of the second part and an extensive ironic epilogue. Both novels demonstrate that Dumas did not intend to imitate the gothic fiction, but rather to transform it by means of witty genre and stylistic experiments.
Keywords: gothic novel, narrative, plot, genre, author, castle, plagiarism, sentimentalism, letter, interpolation
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Author's info: Kirill A. Chekalov, ORCID https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9050-0636, Doctor of Philological Sciences, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences; The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia. E-mail: ktchekalov@mail.ru