Selected by a poll of more than 180 Gothic specialists (creative writers, professors, critics, and Gothic Studies program developers at universities), the fifty-three original works discussed in 21st-Century Gothic represent the most impressive Gothic novels written around the world between 2000-2010. The essays in this volume discuss the merits of these novels, highlighting the influences and key components that make them worthy of inclusion.
Many of the pioneer voices of Gothic Studies, as well as other key critics of the field, have all contributed new essays to this volume, including David Punter, Jerrold Hogle, Karen F. Stein, Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Mary Ellen Snodgrass, Tony Magistrale, Don D'Ammassa, Mavis Haut, Walter Rankin, James Doig, Laurence A. Rickels, Douglass H. Thomson, Sue Zlosnik, Carol Margaret Davision, Ruth Bienstock Anolik, Glennis Byron, Judith Wilt, Bernice Murphy, Darrell Schweitzer, and June Pulliam. The guide includes a preface by one of the world's leading authorities on the weird and fantastic, S. T. Joshi.
Sharing their knowledge of how traditional Gothic elements and tensions surface in a changed way within a contemporary novel, the contributors enhance the reader's dark enjoyment, emotional involvement, and appreciation of these works. These essays show not only how each of these novels are Gothic but also how they advance or change Gothicism, making the works both irresistible for readers and establishing their place in the Gothic canon.
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About the Author
Danel Olson is professor at Lone Star College. He has compiled three collections of new Gothic stories from around the world: Exotic Gothic (2007), Exotic Gothic 2: New Tales of Taboo (2008), and Exotic Gothic 3: Strange Visitations (2009).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Editorial Reviews (courtesy of Amazon) Exhaustive in the best way.... Essential to anyone with a serious interest in the Gothic. -Jennifer Egan, author of Pulitzer Prize winner A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD Impressive book. It's all very professional, thoughtful, historically illuminating, & engaging. -Joyce Carol Oates, author of A WIDOW'S STORY It is that rare resource, a compendium of fascinating titles made all the more appealing by the erudite and insightful essays by leading writers and critics of the genre. After reading a few, you won't know whether you want to read more or hurry to your local bookshop and pick these titles up. -Publisher Jerad Walters, Centipede Press A massive masterpiece of critical essays on gothic fiction.When I started out writing, it seemed as important to read analyses of gothic and supernatural works as it did to read the works themselves... This is for anyone seeking insight into what has been written in the horror genre. -Thomas Ligotti, author of TEATRO GROTTESCO Fascinating... well-thought out. -Neil Gaiman, author of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK Olson's anthology, which has a perceptive Foreword by horror scholar S.T. Joshi and an equally impressive Introduction by Olson, is an absolute must for university library collections, and for other libraries with an interest in the Gothic as a literary form. Not only does the volume include some of the pioneer critical voices in the Gothic field, but the up to date nature of the essays (studying novels which are so new as to have received little or no previous critical attention) makes the volume essential reading for anyone with an interest in the cutting edge of the field right now. Handsomely presented in pictorial glossy boards, the book is more attractive than the usual library cloth-bound edition without dustjacket, and is as attractive on the shelf as it is fascinating to read. Olson is to be congratulated for assembling such a stellar cast of contributors. A reading of 21st-CENTURY GOTHIC will broaden the perspective an understanding of any student of Gothic and horror literature. -WEIRD FICTION TERMINUS Danel Olson’s impressive collection aims to encourage critical attention towards Gothic novels published since the year 2000. Noting the global spread of Gothic in the twenty-first century, the editor has consulted over 180 experts on the subject to help him compile a list of the 53 most significant Gothic novels from the first decade of the new century....This book is likely to become a staple of contemporary Gothic courses and a useful reference for those conducting research in what is still a burgeoning field. Only time will tell whether the editor’s dreams for the collection will be realized, but for now it serves as a totemic declaration that a new era of the Gothic is upon us, deserving of critical attention as we seek to understand the fears and nightmares of a new century. -THE GOTHIC IMAGINATION 5 of 5 Stars. Katherine McGittigan,"New meets Old Gothic Literature-A Librarian's Opinion": This compilation of essays provides an interesting look at modern gothic literature and how recent works (including the pop-culture hit TWILIGHT) relate to traditional Gothic motifs. The articles are well-searched and written by reputable scholars in the field. A worthwhile investment for academic libraries. A pleasure to savor for fans of the Gothic. -R. Poole Carter, WOMEN OF MAGDALENE