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Zofloya or the Moor

Zofloya or the Moor - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0192839343

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ISBN13: 978-0192839343
ISBN10: 0192839349
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Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1999
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Zofloya or the Moor - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0192839343

Charlotte Dacre and Kim Ian Ed. Michasiw

ISBN13: 978-0192839343
ISBN10: 0192839349
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

'Few venture as thou hast in the alarming paths of sin.'This is the final judgement of Satan on Victoria di Loredani, the heroine ofZofloya, or The Moor (1806), a tale of lust, betrayal, and multiple murder setin Venice in the last days of the fifteenth century. The novel followsVictoria's progress from spoilt daughter of indulgent aristocrats, through aperiod of abuse and captivity, to a career of deepening criminality conductedunder Satan's watchful eye. Charlotte Dacre's narrative deftly displays herheroine's movement from the vitalized position of Ann Radcliffe's heroines to afully conscious commitment to vice that goes beyond that of 'Monk' Lewis'sdeluded Ambrosio. The novel's most daring aspect is its anatomy of Victoria'sintense sexual attraction to her Moorish servant Zofloya that transgressestaboos both of class and race.A minor scandal on its first publication, and a significant influence on Byronand Shelley, Zofloya has been unduly neglected. Contradicting idealizedstereotypes of women's writing, the novel's portrait of indulged desire,gratuitous cruelty, and monumental self-absorption retains considerable power todisturb.The introduction to this edition, the first for nearly 200 years, examines whyZofloya deserves to be read alongside established Gothic classics as the highlyoriginal work of an intriguing and unconventional writer.

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