Gothic Fiction

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This Reader's Guide focuses upon Gothic fiction produced predominantly in the Romantic era (1780-1820). Angela Wright assembles some of the most important critical writings about Romantic Gothic literature since its inception to the present day. The Guide begins by charting the moral and political panic provoked by Gothic's increasing popularity in the 1790s, and then examines the genre's recuperation as a serious area of literary study through aesthetic, political, ...

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Overview

This Reader's Guide focuses upon Gothic fiction produced predominantly in the Romantic era (1780-1820). Angela Wright assembles some of the most important critical writings about Romantic Gothic literature since its inception to the present day. The Guide begins by charting the moral and political panic provoked by Gothic's increasing popularity in the 1790s, and then examines the genre's recuperation as a serious area of literary study through aesthetic, political, psychoanalytic and gender criticism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403936677
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Series: Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

ANGELA WRIGHT is Lecturer in Romantic Literature at the University of Sheffield.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
• Introduction
• 'Terrorist Novel Writing': The Contemporary Reception of Gothic
• Terror and Horror: Gothic Struggles
• 'Our hearths, our sepulchres': The Gothic and the French Revolution'
• 'The sanctuary is prophaned': Religion, Nationalism and the Gothic
• 'This narrative resembles a delirious dream': Psychoanalytical Readings of the Gothic
• 'It is not ours to make election for ourselves': Gender and the Gothic
• Conclusion
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

    As a gothic specialist and someone who shares a very common inte

    As a gothic specialist and someone who shares a very common interest with Angela Wright I believe she does a fine job of exposing some of the major criticisms and themes within gothic lit.  It runs a lot like a story so it's like reading a history of the gothic novel!  Very enjoyable and would recommend it especially if you are teaching a course on the gothic.  I would consider this fantastic as some useful supplemental material.

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