Statement of responsibility: David Punter
ISBN: 0582237149, 9780582237148
Previous ed.: published in 1 vol.: 1980.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-233) and index.
ix, 237p. ; 22 cm.
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)
- Preface to first edition
- Preface to second edition
- 1. Introductory: dimensions of Gothic
- 2. The origins of Gothic fiction. Sentimentalism, Graveyard Poetry, The Sublime, Smollett, Horace Walpole, Clara Reeve, Sophia Lee
- 3. The classic Gothic novels. Ann Radcliffe and Matthew Lewis
- 4. Gothic and romanticism. Blake, Coleridge, Shelley, Byron, Keats, John Polidori, Mary Shelley
- 5. The dialectic of persecution. William Godwin, C.R. Maturin, James Hogg
- 6. Gothic, history and the middle classes. Scott, Bulwer Lytton, G.P.R. James, William Harrison Ainsworth, G.W.M Reynolds
- 7. Early American Gothic. Charles Brockden. Brown. Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe
- 8. Gothic and the sensation novel. Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Sheridan LeFanu
- Appendix on Criticism
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.