E212-M Letitia Landon Questions

Assigned: "The Bride of Lindorf" (175-200) from The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre. (Separate edition; see below.) An etext version is also available: "The Bride of Lindorf."

"The Bride of Lindorf"

1. Who was Beatrice Cenci, and what was she known for? Why is it significant that Minna strongly resembles her, and what implications might her shadowy presence hold for an interpretation of Landon's tale? (Wikipedia offers a good article on Beatrice and her afterlife as an artistic subject.)

2. What sort of person is Ernest von Hermanstadt? What seems to have formed his character early on, and in what sense does he not fit in with the habits and outlook of his aristocratic relatives? What makes him particularly susceptible to the misfortune that subsequently overtakes him?

3. How is Landon's story both "Gothic," as you understand that term (look it up if you find the term difficult to define), and a commentary on or critique of the assumptions that underlie Gothic (and macabre) stories?

Edition: Polidori, John et al. The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2001. ISBN 0192838946.