Posted by: Shirley | January 2, 2015

Radcliffe’s The Romance of the Forest

Romance of the Forest

BOOK: Ann Radcliffe’s The Romance of the Forest
WHEN: Sunday, March 29, 2015, at 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Andala Coffee House
286 Franklin St | Cambridge 02139
RSVP:  Leave a comment here if you’re coming, or RSVP via Facebook

Join us as we read the novel mentioned in Jane Austen’s Emma.
From Goodreads:

Set in a Roman Catholic Europe of violent passions and extreme oppression, the novel follows the fate of its heroine Adeline, who is mysteriously placed under the protection of a family fleeing Paris for debt. They take refuge in a ruined abbey in south-eastern France, where sinister relics of the past – a skeleton, a manuscript, and a rusty dagger – are discovered in concealed rooms. Adeline finds herself at the mercy of the abbey’s proprietor, a libidinous Marquis whose attentions finally force her to contemplate escape to distant regions. Rich in allusions to aesthetic theory and to travel literature, The Romance of the Forest is also concerned with current philosophical debate and examines systems of thought central to the intellectual life of late eighteenth-century Europe.


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