Chapter 20. The Gothic Austen

  1. Claudia L. Johnson Chair and
  2. Clara Tuite Senior Lecturer
  1. Nancy Armstrong

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch20

A Companion to Jane Austen

A Companion to Jane Austen

How to Cite

Armstrong, N. (2009) The Gothic Austen, in A Companion to Jane Austen (eds C. L. Johnson and C. Tuite), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch20

Editor Information

  1. University of Melbourne, Australia

Author Information

  1. Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of English, Comparative Literature, Modern Culture and Media, Brown University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149099

Online ISBN: 9781444305968



  • Gothic Austen;
  • Northanger Abbey - the first of Austen's major novels to be drafted;
  • Gothic conventions putting the two kinds of property on a collision course where each imperils the other;
  • When is a House a Castle;
  • no joking matter;
  • the unthinkable;
  • D. A. Miller rightly observed that had Austen found her fiction wanting, she could have worked such a topic into her plots


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • When is a House a Castle?

  • No Joking Matter

  • The Unthinkable

  • Further Reading