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Zofloya

(1806)
Or the Moor
A novel by

 
The protagonist of Charlotte Dacre's best known novel, Zofloya, or the Moor (1806) is unique in women's Gothic and Romantic literature, and has more in common with the heroines of Sade or M.G. Lewis than with those of Ann Radcliffe, Charlotte Smith or Jane Austen. No heroine of Radcliffe or Austen could exult, as Victoria does in this novel, that "there is certainly a pleasure...in the infliction of prolonged torment."

The sexual desires and ambition of Dacre's protagonist, Victoria, drive her to seduce, torture and murder. Victoria is inspired to greater criminal and illicit acts by a seductive Lucifer, disguised as a Moor, before she too is plunged into an abyss by her demon lover. The text's unusual evocations of the female body and feminine subject are of particular interest in the context of the history of sexuality and of the body; after embarking on a series of violent crimes, Victoria's body actually begins to grow stronger and decidedly more masculine.

Among the documents included as appendices to this volume are a selection of Dacre's poetry and excerpts from Bienville's Nymphomania, a medical treatise of the time aimed at a lay audience that fucuses largely on the dangerous powers of women's imagination; inspired by improper novels, it is alleged that women may plunge into madness, violence and death--much as does the protagonist of Zofloya herself.

 
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Hardback Editions

June 1974 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Zofloya; Or, the Moor: A Romance of the Fifteenth Century (Gothic Novels II)
Author(s): Charlotte Dacre
ISBN: 0-405-06014-9 / 978-0-405-06014-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ayer Co Pub
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Paperback Editions

July 2008 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Zofloya or The Moor (Oxford World's Classics)
Author(s): Charlotte Dacre
ISBN: 0-19-954973-7 / 978-0-19-954973-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: OUP Oxford
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June 1999 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Zofloya: or The Moor (Oxford World's Classics)
Author(s): Charlotte Dacre
ISBN: 0-19-283934-9 / 978-0-19-283934-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
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June 1997 : Canada Paperback
thumbTitle: Zofloya
Author(s): Charlotte Dacre
ISBN: 1-55111-146-2 / 978-1-55111-146-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Broadview Press
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May 1997 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Zofloya: Or the Moor (World's Classics)
Author(s): Charlotte Dacre
ISBN: 0-19-283239-5 / 978-0-19-283239-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
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Kindle Editions

October 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Zofloya: or The Moor
Author(s): Charlotte Dacre
Publisher: Schooner & Co Publishing
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