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A Companion to the Gothic / Edition 1
     

A Companion to the Gothic / Edition 1

by David Punter
 

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ISBN-10: 0631206205

ISBN-13: 9780631206200

Pub. Date: 10/16/2001

Publisher: Wiley

This guide provides an overview of the most significant issues and debates in Gothic studies.

The guide is divided into four parts:


  • The opening section explains the origins and development of the term ‘Gothic’, considers the particular features of the Gothic within specific periods, and explores its evolution in both literary and

Overview

This guide provides an overview of the most significant issues and debates in Gothic studies.

The guide is divided into four parts:


  • The opening section explains the origins and development of the term ‘Gothic’, considers the particular features of the Gothic within specific periods, and explores its evolution in both literary and non-literary forms, such as art, architecture and film.
  • The following section contains extended entries on major writers of the Gothic, pointing to the most significant features of their work.
  • The third section features authoritative readings of key works, ranging from Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto to Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho.
  • Finally, the text considers recurrent concerns of the Gothic such as persecution and paranoia, key motifs such as the haunted castle, and figures such as the vampire and the monster.

Supplementary material includes a chronology of key Gothic texts, listing literature and film from 1757 to 2000, and a comprehensive guide to further reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631206200
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/16/2001
Series:
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Series
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.92(h) x 1.19(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Ghost of a History.

Notes on Contributors.

Acknowledgements.

PART ONE. GOTHIC BACKGROUNDS.

1. In Gothic Darkly: Heterotopia, History, Culture (Fred Botting).

2. The Goths in History and Pre-Gothic Gothic (Robin Sowerby).

3. European Gothic (Neil Cornwell).

PART TWO. THE ‘ORIGINAL’ GOTHIC.

4. Ann Radcliffe and Matthew Lewis (Robert Miles).

5. Mary Shelley, Arthur of Frankenstein (Nora Crook).

6. Walter Scott, James Hogg and Scottish Gothic (Ian Duncan).

7. Irish Gothic: C.R. Maturin and J.S. LeFanu (Victor Sage).

8. The Political Culture of Gothic Drama (David Worrall).

PART THREE. NINETEENTH-AND TWENTIETH-CENTURY TRANSMUTATIONS.

9. Nineteenth-Century American Gothic (Allan Lloyd-Smith).

10. The Ghost Story (Julia Briggs).

11. Gothic in the 1890s (Glennis Byron).

12. Fictional Vampires in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (William Hughes).

13. Horror Fiction: In Search of a Definition (Clive Bloom).

14. Love Bites: Contemporary Women’s Vampire Fictions (Gina Wisker).

15. Gothic Film (Heidi Kaye).

16. Shape and Shadow: On Poetry and the Uncanny (David Punter).

PART FOUR. GOTHIC THEORY AND GENRE.

17. Gothic Criticism (Chris Baldick and Robert Mighall).

18. Psychoanalysis and the Gothic (Michelle A. Massé).

19. Comic Gothic (Avril Horner and Sue Zlosnik).

PART FIVE. THE CONTINUING DEBATE.

20. Can You Forgive Her? The Gothic Heroine and Her Critics (Kate Ferguson Ellis).

21. Picture This: Stephen King’s Queer Gothic (Steven Bruhm).

22. Seeing Things: Gothic and the Madness of Interpretation (Scott Brewster).

23. The Gothic Ghost of the Counterfeit and the Progress of Abjection (Jerrold E. Hogle).

24. The Magical Realism of the Contemporary Gothic (Lucie Armitt).

Index.

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