Gothic Literature

Overview

This introductory study provides a thorough grounding in both the history of Gothic literature and the way in which Gothic texts have been (and can be) critically read. The book opens with a Chronology and an Introduction to the principal texts and key critical terms, followed by four chapters: The Gothic Heyday 1760-1820; Gothic 1820-1865; Gothic Proximities 1865-1900; and the Twentieth Century. The discussion examines how the Gothic has developed in different national contexts and in different forms, including ...
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Overview

This introductory study provides a thorough grounding in both the history of Gothic literature and the way in which Gothic texts have been (and can be) critically read. The book opens with a Chronology and an Introduction to the principal texts and key critical terms, followed by four chapters: The Gothic Heyday 1760-1820; Gothic 1820-1865; Gothic Proximities 1865-1900; and the Twentieth Century. The discussion examines how the Gothic has developed in different national contexts and in different forms, including novels, novellas, poems and films. Each chapter concludes with a close reading of a specific text - Frankenstein, Jane Eyre, Dracula and The Silence of the Lambs - to illustrate the ways in which contextual discussion informs critical analysis. The book ends with a Conclusion outlining possible future developments within scholarship on the Gothic.

Key Features: Provides a single, comprehensive and accessible introduction to Gothic literature, Offers a coherent account of the historical development of the Gothic in a range of literary and national contexts, Introduces the ways in which critical theories of class, gender, race and national identity have been applied to Gothic texts, Includes a list of essential resources and a guide to further reading.

About the Author:
Andrew Smith is Professor of English Studies at the University of Glamorgan

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748647415
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 4/16/2013
  • Series: Edinburgh Critical Guides to Literature Series
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,440,785
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Smith is Reader at the University of Sheffield

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Table of Contents


Series Preface     vii
Acknowledgements     viii
Chronology     ix
Introduction     1
Gothic Histories     2
Reading the Gothic     5
Burke     10
Freud     13
The Gothic Heyday, 1760-1820     18
Defining the Gothic: Otranto     18
Radcliffe and Lewis     25
American Gothic     33
Reading Frankenstein     41
The Gothic, 1820-1865     52
Gothic Mutations: Poetry     52
Edgar Allan Poe and the American Gothic     61
Gothic Mutations: Prose     68
Reading Jane Eyre     75
Gothic Proximities, 1865-1900     87
Hidden Identities: Ghosts     87
Gothic Doubles     94
Race and History: Post-bellum Gothic     102
Reading Dracula     109
Twentieth Century     122
The Ghost Story as the End of Gothic?     122
Radio and Film     132
Contemporary Fiction: Postmodern Gothic?     140
Reading The Silence of the Lambs     148
Conclusion     161
Student Resources     170
SampleEssay     170
Commentary     178
Glossary     181
Guide to Further Reading     185
Index     197
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