Five Questions: Angela Wright on Britain, France and the Gothic

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Angela Wright - Britain, France and the Gothic

We on the BARS Executive are still sad that Dr Angela Wright has recently left our number in order to become a Dark Empress (OK, co-President…) of the International Gothic Association. When not reigning, she is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield and has published widely on Romantic and Gothic topics. Below, we discuss her latest book, Britain, France and the Gothic, 1764-1820: The Import of Terror, which was published by Cambridge University Press earlier this year.

1) What was the genesis of Britain, France and the Gothic, 1764-1820?

I have had a long-standing fascination with the relationship between Britain and France. This fascination first started when I took my BA in English and French, and continued when I chose to do my doctorate between an English and a French department, with supervisors in both. I have always enjoyed the best of both nations, and spent several extended periods of my twenties on and off working or studying in France. When I spent a year in France at the age of 21, for example, I was intrigued by …read more