Gothic Modernisms

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This is the first full-length exploration of the relationship between Gothic fiction and Modernism in fiction and film. The Gothic's fascination with images of the fragmented self is echoed in the Modernist concern with the psyche and the paranoia of the everyday. The contributors explore how the Gothic influences arange of writers including James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, May Sinclair, Elizabeth Bowen, and Djuna Barnes.

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Overview

This is the first full-length exploration of the relationship between Gothic fiction and Modernism in fiction and film. The Gothic's fascination with images of the fragmented self is echoed in the Modernist concern with the psyche and the paranoia of the everyday. The contributors explore how the Gothic influences arange of writers including James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, May Sinclair, Elizabeth Bowen, and Djuna Barnes.

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Smith and Wallace (both lecturers in English, U. of Glamorgan) present 12 commissioned essays that explore the links and influences between Gothic texts and modernist books and movies. They argue that the two movements, despite their obvious differences, are fascinated with the potential erosion of moral value in everyday life. In the essays, Conrad's and Ford Madox Ford's are compared, the similarities of Virginia Woolf and May Sinclair are examined, the use of Gothic transformation in Djuna Barnes' is explored, and the Gothic elements in Fritz Lang's is discussed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333918739
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/6/2001
  • Pages: 246
  • Lexile: 1630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Smith and Jeff Wallace are both Senior Lecturers of English Studies at the University of Glamorgan.

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Table of Contents

Hungry Ghosts and Foreign Bodies—David Punter
• "The Spectrality Effect" in Early Modernism—David Glover
• "Psychical" Cases: Transformations of the Supernatural in Virginia Woolf and May Sinclair—David Seed
• The Ghost and the Omnibus: The Gothic Virginia Woolf—Judith Wilt
• Strolling in the Dark: Gothic Flânerie in Djuna Barnes's Nightwood —Avril Horner & Sue Zlosnik
• "Thick Within Our Hair": Djuna Barnes's Gothic Lovers'—Deborah Tyler-Bennett
• "The Stern Task of Living":Dubliners, Clerks, Money and Modernism—Jeff Wallace
• The Modernist Abominations of William Hope Hodgson—Kelly Hurley
• Vampirism, Masculinity and Degeneracy: D.H. Lawrence's Modernist Gothic?—Andrew Smith
• Arctic Masks in a Castle of Ice: Gothic Vorticism and Wyndham Lewis's Self Condemned —Francesca Orestano
Metropolis and the Modernist Gothic—Nigel Morris
• Hollywood Gothic/Gothic Hollywood: The Example of Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard? —Julian Wolfreys

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