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The literature of terror: a history of Gothic fictions from 1765 to the present day. Vol. 1, Gothic tradition

The literature of terror: a history of Gothic fictions from 1765 to the present day. Vol. 1, Gothic tradition

Punter, David

This volume covers the period from 1765 up to the Edwardian age, exploring the richness and literary diversity of the Gothic form. There is detailed discussion of Frankenstein and Dracula and other cultural myths that surround them

Paperback, Book. English.
Rev. ed.].
Published Harlow: Longman, 1996
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Statement of responsibility: David Punter
ISBN: 0582237149, 9780582237148
Note: Previous ed.: published in 1 vol.: 1980.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-233) and index.
Physical Description: ix, 237p. ; 22 cm.
Subject: Horror tales, American History and criticism.; English literature History and criticism.; American literature History and criticism.; Criticism; Horror tales, English History and criticism.; Gothic literature History and criticism.; Gothic Revival; Horror Stories; Gothic revival (Literature)
Alternative Title: Gothic tradition

Contents

  1. Preface to first edition
  2. Preface to second edition
  3. Acknowledgements
  4. 1. Introductory: dimensions of Gothic
  5. 2. The origins of Gothic fiction. Sentimentalism, Graveyard Poetry, The Sublime, Smollett, Horace Walpole, Clara Reeve, Sophia Lee
  6. 3. The classic Gothic novels. Ann Radcliffe and Matthew Lewis
  7. 4. Gothic and romanticism. Blake, Coleridge, Shelley, Byron, Keats, John Polidori, Mary Shelley
  8. 5. The dialectic of persecution. William Godwin, C.R. Maturin, James Hogg
  9. 6. Gothic, history and the middle classes. Scott, Bulwer Lytton, G.P.R. James, William Harrison Ainsworth, G.W.M Reynolds
  10. 7. Early American Gothic. Charles Brockden. Brown. Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe
  11. 8. Gothic and the sensation novel. Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Sheridan LeFanu
  12. Appendix on Criticism
  13. Bibliography
  14. Index

Description

The first edition was regarded as the definitive survey of Gothic and related terror writing in English. No other text considers this genre on such a scale and covers the theoretical perspectives so comprehensively. In the latest edition, the broad range of theoretical perspectives has been enlarged to include modern critical theories. Volume One is a thoroughly updated edition of the original text, covering the period from 1765 up to the Edwardian age, exploring the richness and literary diversity of the gothic form: from the original eighteenth-century gothic of Ann Radcliffe to the melodramatic fiction of Wilkie Collins.