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The Cambridge companion to gothic fiction
Hogle, Jerrold E.
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Cambridge, New York :. Cambridge University Press, [2002]

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xxv, 327 pages ; 24 cm.
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PR830.T3 C36 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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 and post-colonial populations, the rise of film, the struggles between "high" and "popular" culture, and changing attitudes towards human identity, life and death, sanity and madness. The volume also includes a chronology and guides to further reading.

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Hogle (Univ. of Arizona) furnishes overviews of literary gothicism from its origins in Renaissance revenge tragedy, through developments in 18th-century novels and plays and 19th-century and 20th-century fiction (and film), to the present. Individual chapters are written by specialtists in gothicism, and several of them are quick to point out that gothicism as a literary manifestation is not confined to the second half of the 18th century, as previous literary histories might suggest, but that writers and filmmakers have kept it alive and well. Contributors also emphasize that the "gothic novel" was not strictly English, but that it had many more outreaches. Although some essays include considerable political theorizing, the language does not overwhelm. This reviewer found Hogle's introduction and the essays by E.J. Clery, Robert Miles, Jeffrey Cox, David Punter, and Terry Hale the most rewarding, though Steven Bruhm's and Fred Botting's essays on contemporary gothic and "aftergothic," respectively, offer perspectives that invite further investigations. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Advanced high school students, lower- and upper-division undergraduates, general readers. B. F. Fisher University of Mississippi

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: The 'GothicÆ in Western cultureJerrold E. Hogle
2 The genesis of 'GothicÆ fictionE. J. Clery
3 The 1790s: the effulgence of the GothicRobert Miles
4 The continental GothicTerry Hale
5 Gothic fictions and Romantic writing in BritainMichael Gamer
6 The Scottish and Irish GothicDavid Punter
7 English Gothic theatreJeffrey N. Cox
8 The Victorian Gothic in English novels and stories, 1830-85Alison Milbank
9 The rise of American GothicEric Savoy
10 Gothic fiction at the turn of the century, 1885-1930Kelly Hurley
11 The Gothic on screenMisha Kavka
12 The colonial and post-colonial GothicLizabeth Paravinisi-Gebert
13 The contemporary GothicSteven Bruhm
14 Aftergothic (consumption, machines, and Black Holes)Fred Botting
Guide to further reading