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The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

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Fourteen world-class experts on the Gothic provide thorough accounts of this haunting-to-horrifying genre from the 1760s to the end of the twentieth century. Essays explore the connections of Gothic fictions to political and industrial revolutions, the realistic novel, the theater, Romantic and post-Romantic poetry, nationalism and racism from Europe to America, colonized ...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published September 16th 2002 by Cambridge University Press (first published August 28th 1998)
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Carla Remy
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
The genre called "gothic" is notoriously shifting anyway, but of course I've always been curious about why it's called that (it never really seemed to have much to do with the visigoths). Well, Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto (1764) was the first book officially termed "gothic." It was subtitled "a gothic story." It also pretended, at first, to be a found manuscript from the medieval time (I finally read The Castle of Otranto a couple years ago, and it's very fun). So what did the word "g ...more
Helen
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very good book, a compilation of various articles which have been written by scholars of Gothic literature.
Annji
Nov 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-school
Bought this in anticipation of teaching the Gothic unit to my A2 class. I planned only to read the essays relevant to the class but wound up reading the whole thing. Very enjoyable though I didn't agree with everything said in the book. An easy read if you're looking for a way to scratch the surface of the amorphous Gothic genre.
Erica
Feb 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: theory
The last essay on the postmodern gothic was by far the most interesting to me. The post-colonial caribbean gothic and contemporary gothic were fine, but seriously invested in psychoanalysis (which makes sense, but is really just not my cup of tea). Everything else is good primer material, but maybe not quite as innovative in terms of approach as I would have liked.
Ala'a
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthologies
Magnificent, helped me a lot in my Graduation Project
machinaheart
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Love the individual essays in this one!
They are thorough and touch upon many ideas but do not get lost in details. I enjoyed the various essays in this book and can definitely recommend it!
InfinitexLibrary
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
used for research
David Saliba
Jun 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Good standard reference for Gothic fiction.
Ashlie
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Excellent resource for anyone studying Gothic fiction.
Heather Andrews
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good overview of the history of Gothic fiction. I would have preferred some sections on specific Gothic elements, however.
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