Retomamos las buenas costumbres, y hoy es traigo el PDF de la tesis realizada por Michaela Lesayová, de la Universidad Karlova, en torno a la novela de Jane Austen, La Abadía de Northanger.

«The thesis will aim to prove that Jane Austen projected parody in her novel in order to emphasize the development of her heroine Catherine Morland and to defend her status. The first part will deal with Jane Austen in relation to her style and oeuvre. Shared features will be analysed.

The second part of the thesis will focus on the concept of parody and its projection in Northanger Abbey
. Firstly, the novel will be analysed as a parody of novel conventions. A chapter will deal with Catherine’s characteristics; another chapter will deal with the role of landscape, which has two functions: it underlines Catherine’s flawed character and limited knowledge, and it also draws a comparison between the Tilneys and the Thorpes in addition to their contrasting views on the Gothic genre. Such an argument will be supported by the analysis of three major locations in the novel: Blaize Castle, Beechen Cliff and Northanger Abbey itself.
. Secondly, the novel will be analysed as a parody of Gothic fiction, thus chapterson the topos of the genre, on gothic references and imagery and finally a chapter called “A heroine’s realisation” will be provided.
The third part of this thesis will be devoted to the idea of Northanger Abbey as a coming of age tale. An analysis of important and influential characters, in cluding Henry Tilney as her mentor lover, will follow. The second part of this section will discuss the role of the narrator, and it will do so in the following ways: the general nature of the narrator, Catherine’s point of view and its significance and irony. The last part will analyse the coming of age of Catherine Morland and the process in which Catherine becomes a reformed heroine. The thesis should come to the conclusion that Jane Austen has chosen to parody
traditional elements of novels including a traditional heroine and our expectations of her and the narrator and traditional elements of Gothic fiction such as villain and heroine and the imagery in order to emphasise the realistic development of Catherine Morland which is depicted in a different way than it would be in Gothic fiction or novels.»
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