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The handbook to Gothic literature
Mulvey Roberts, Marie.
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New York : New York University Press, 1998.
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xviii, 294 pages ; 25 cm
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From Anne Rice's best-selling novels to our recurrent interest in vampires and the occult, the Gothic has an unyielding hold on our imagination. But what exactly does "Gothic" mean? How does it differ from "terror" or "horror," and where do its parameters lie? Through a wide and eclectic range of brief essays written by leading scholars, The Handbook to Gothic Literature provides a virtual encyclopedia of things Gothic. From the Demonic to the Uncanny, the Bronte sisters to Melville, this volume plots the characteristics of Gothic's vastly different schools and manifestations, offering a comprehensive guide of Gothic writing and culture.

Among the many topics and literary figures discussed are: American Gothic, Ambrose Bierce, the Bronte Sisters, Angela Carter, the Demonic, Female Gothic, the Frenetique School, Ghost Stories, Gothic Film, the Graveyard School, Horror, Imagination, Washington Irving, Henry James, H.P. Lovecraft, Madness, Herman Melville, Monstrosity, Occultism, Orientalism, Post-Colonial Gothic, Anne Radcliffe, Anne Rice, Romanticism, Sado-Masochism, Mary and P. B. Shelley, Bram Stoker, the Sublime, the Uncanny, Vampires, Werewolves, Oscar Wilde, and Zerrissenheit .

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Not just another handbook, this volume will be of great benefit to those interested in literary Gothicism. Mulvey-Roberts supplies 83 alphabetically arranged subheadings under "Gothic Writers and Key Terms" and 40 under "Gothic Specialisms," and she includes anyone and anything central to Gothicism in concise entries. The editor has distinguished herself as a leading specialist in Gothicism, and her own entries--e.g., on Anne Rice, Mary Shelley, Rosicrucian fiction, Schauerroman, Sturm und Drang--are predictably first-rate. Her contributors evince like authority; the "best" have been chosen to present their topics: e. g., Cloy on W.W. Jacobs; Hogle on counterfeit and R.L. Stevenson; Hughes on M.R. James, vampire, and Bram Stoker; McCormack on Sheridan Le Fanu; Lloyd Smith on Ambrose Bierce and Washington Irving; Ringel on witches and witchcraft; Sage on the Gothic novel and Gothic revival. Topics and authors not strictly confined to Gothic literary territories receive attention (e. g., Machen, Wilde, Jacobean drama, architecture, magical realism, lycanthropy appear: all are plausible game for Gothicists). The book concludes with selected reading, where one finds bibliographical materials on many subjects. Mulvey-Roberts deserves congratulations for magisterial editing; this reviewer found no typos. A must for all types of libraries. B. F. Fisher; University of Mississippi