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History of the Gothic

Gothic Literature 1764-1824

Carol Margaret Davison

Carol Margaret Davison

Distributed for University of Wales Press

192 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2009
Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9780708320099 Published March 2010 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780708320457 Published March 2010 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

This volume, which weds a socio-historical and intellectual approach to classic British Gothic literature, is a perfect introduction to the genre for the student and lay reader alike. Works by gothic authors such as Horace Walpole, Matthew Lewis, Ann Radcliffe, William Godwin, and Mary Shelley, as well as traditions like the Female Gothic, are examined against the backdrop of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British political and cultural developments, culminating in a detailed and accessible exploration of the gothic’s major motifs and themes.

David Punter, University of Bristol | European Romantic Review
“As the volume that covers what is usually regarded as the heartland of early Gothic fiction, Davison’s contribution bears a heavy responsibility, and she addresses this task with weight and dignity. She has things to say about all the major Gothic fictions of the period, from Horace Walpole to C. R. Maturin, and indeed takes this further into some interesting thoughts on Victorian Gothic. As an introduction to these novels and stories, this will undoubtedly be a useful text for scholars and students alike, and arguably it fulfills its remit admirably. . . . [A] very valuable book.”

Contents

Series Editors’ Foreword

Acknowledgements

Chronology

Introduction and Critical Overview

 

1        Gothic Enlightenment/Enlightenment Gothic

2        Anatomizing the Gothic

3        The Female Gothic

4        Revolutionary Gothic/Gothic Revolutions

5        Female Gothic Reconfigurations

6        The Gothic Romantics/Romanticizing the Gothic

7        Revitalizing the Gothic

8        Afterword—Victorian Gothic

Endnotes

Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography

Index

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