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The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction,9780521794664

The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction

Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 9/16/2002
Publisher(s): Cambridge University Press
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Gothic as a form of fiction-making has played a major role in Western culture since the late eighteenth century. Here fourteen world-class experts on the Gothic provide thorough and revealing accounts of this haunting-to-horrifying type of fiction from the 1760s (the decade of The Castle of Otranto, the first so-called 'Gothic story') to the end of the twentieth century (an era haunted by filmed and computerized Gothic simulations). Along the way, these essays explore the connections of Gothic fictions to political and industrial revolutions, the realistic novel, the theatre, Romantic and post-Romantic poetry, nationalism and racism from Europe to America, colonized and post-colonial populations, the rise of film and other visual technologies, the struggles between 'high' and 'popular' culture, changing psychological attitudes towards human identity, gender and sexuality, and the obscure lines between life and death, sanity and madness. The volume also includes a chronology and guides to further reading.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The 'Gothic' in Western culture Jerrold E. Hogle
2. The genesis of 'Gothic' fiction E. J. Clery
3. The 1790s: the effulgence of the Gothic Robert Miles
4. The continental Gothic Terry Hale
5. Gothic fictions and Romantic writing in Britain Michael Gamer
6. The Scottish and Irish Gothic David Punter
7. English Gothic theatre Jeffrey N. Cox
8. The Victorian Gothic in English novels and stories, 1830-85 Alison Milbank
9. The rise of American Gothic Eric Savoy
10. Gothic fiction at the turn of the century, 1885-1930 Kelly Hurley
11. The Gothic on screen Misha Kavka
12. The colonial and post-colonial Gothic Lizabeth Paravinisi-Gebert
13. The contemporary Gothic Steven Bruhm
14. Aftergothic (consumption, machines, and Black Holes) Fred Botting
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