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A new companion to the gothic

A new companion to the gothic

Punter, David

This thoroughly expanded and updated edition provides a series of stimulating insights into Gothic writing, its history and genealogy. The addition of 12 new essays and a section on 'Global Gothic' reflects the direction Gothic criticism has taken over the last decade

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012
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Statement of responsibility: edited by David Punter
ISBN: 1405198060, 9781405198066
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xvi, 549 p. : 1 ill. ; 26 cm.
Series: Blackwell companions to literature and culture ; 79
Subject: Criticism; Ghost stories; Gothic revival (Literature) English-speaking countries.; Psychoanalysis and literature English-speaking countries.; Horror tales, English History and criticism.; Psychological fiction History and criticism.; Ghost stories History and criticism.; Literature.; Horror stories; Horror tales, American History and criticism.; Gothic literature
Series Title: Blackwell companions to literature and culture ; 79.


  1. Notes on Contributors x
  2. Acknowledgments xvii
  3. Introduction: The Ghost of a History 1 David Punter
  4. Part I. Gothic Backgrounds
  5. 1 In Gothic Darkly: Heterotopia, History, Culture 13 Fred Botting
  6. 2 The Goths in History and Pre-Gothic Gothic 25 Robin Sowerby
  7. 3 Gothic Shakespeare 38 Dale Townshend
  8. 4 European Gothic 64 Neil Cornwell
  9. 5 The Gothic Ballad 77 Douglass H. Thomson
  10. Part II. The Original Gothic
  11. 6 Ann Radcliffe and Matthew Lewis 93 Robert Miles
  12. 7 Mary Shelley, Author of Frankenstein 110 Nora Crook
  13. 8 Walter Scott, James Hogg, and Scottish Gothic 123 Ian Duncan
  14. 9 Irish Gothic: C. R. Maturin and J. S. LeFanu 135 Victor Sage
  15. 10 The Political Culture of Gothic Drama 148 David Worrall
  16. Part III. Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Transformations
  17. 11 Nineteenth-Century American Gothic 163 Allan Lloyd Smith
  18. 12 The Ghost Story 176 Julia Briggs
  19. 13 Gothic in the 1890s 186 Glennis Byron
  20. 14 Fictional Vampires in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 197 William Hughes
  21. 15 Horror Fiction: In Search of a Definition 211 Clive Bloom
  22. 16 Love Bites: Contemporary Women’s Vampire Fictions 224 Gina Wisker
  23. 17 Gothic Film 239 Heidi Kaye
  24. 18 Shape and Shadow: On Poetry and the Uncanny 252 David Punter
  25. Part IV. Gothic Theory and Genre
  26. 19 Gothic Criticism 267 Chris Baldick and Robert Mighall
  27. 20 The Gothic Sublime 288 Vijay Mishra
  28. 21 Psychoanalysis and the Gothic 307 Michelle A. Massé
  29. 22 Comic Gothic 321 Avril Horner and Sue Zlosnik
  30. 23 Gothic and the Graphic Novel 335 Julia Round
  31. 24 Goth Culture 350 Catherine Spooner
  32. Part V. The Globalization of Gothic
  33. 25 Global Gothic 369 Glennis Byron
  34. 26 Australian Gothic 379 Ken Gelder
  35. 27 New Zealand Gothic 393 Ian Conrich
  36. 28 Canadian Gothic 409 Cynthia Sugars
  37. 29 Asian Gothic 428 Katarzyna Ancuta
  38. 30 Japanese Gothic 442 Charles Shirō Inouye
  39. Part VI. The Continuing Debate
  40. 31 Can You Forgive Her? The Gothic Heroine and Her Critics 457 Kate Ferguson Ellis
  41. 32 Picture This: Stephen King’s Queer Gothic 469 Steven Bruhm
  42. 33 Seeing Things: Gothic and the Madness of Interpretation 481 Scott Brewster
  43. 34 The Gothic Ghost of the Counterfeit and the Progress of Abjection 496 Jerrold E. Hogle
  44. 35 The Magical Realism of the Contemporary Gothic 510 Lucie Armitt
  45. 36 Welcome the Coming, Speed the Parting Guest: Hospitality and the Gothic 523 Joanne Watkiss
  46. Index

Author note

David Punter is Professor of English at the University of Bristol. He has written extensively on Gothic, romantic, and modern literature, literary theory, and psychoanalysis, as well as producing four volumes of poetry. His recent publications include The Gothic (with Glennis Byron, Blackwell, 2004), Metaphor (2007), Modernity (2007), and Rapture: Literature, Addiction, Secrecy (2009).


Reviews for the previous edition:

"The obvious value of ... A Companion to the Gothic is its wealth of critical approaches – from good, old-fashioned 'history of ideas' readings to the most sophisticated of recent theory." Romanticism on the Net

"Anyone lucky enough to have this volume sitting on their shelves has instant access to the recent thinking of a long list of scholars who have led the way in Gothic studies. The book is a veritable Baedecker's guide that ranges from the historical Goths of the third century to Stephen King in the twentieth century; that explores dimensions of Gothic through painting and cinema, as well as written texts; that roams across Europe and America as well as the British Isles. Punter himself contributes a concise but stimulating introduction." Studies in Hogg and His World

"The individual essays are narrow enough to describe discrete topics but useful to newcomer and scholar alike ... Punter's volume is sure to be a standard reference for some time to come for undergraduates and scholars." Choice

"The book does not offer a house view of what Gothic is, but instead faithfully reproduces the status of current debates on the relevant genres. Many essays provide useful summaries of criticism or of primary texts; others offer new critical insights." Times Higher Education

"A Companion to the Gothic offers a range of strategies for understanding the genre, and is an excellent resource for students, teachers, and scholars of the Gothic." Gothic Studies

Back cover copy

Now thoroughly expanded and updated, this widely acclaimed Companion provides a series of stimulating insights into Gothic writing, its history, and its genealogy. The volume offers comprehensive coverage of criticism of the Gothic and of the various theoretical approaches it has inspired and spawned.

This new edition now contains twelve brand new essays; six of these constitute an additional part on “The Globalization of Gothic,” which provides an invaluable reflection on the direction Gothic criticism has taken over the last decade. The additional six contributions cover the topics of Gothic Shakespeare, the Gothic ballad, the Gothic sublime, Gothic and the graphic novel, Goth culture, and the Gothic and hospitality. Original essays have, where necessary, been revised and updated to reflect the very latest debates in the discipline. The volume begins with a substantial introduction, individual chapters feature lists of primary and secondary bibliographic materials, and the essays are written by leading scholars in the field.

David Punter is widely recognized as the founder of modern criticism of the Gothic, and is therefore ideally placed to edit what has become the standard reference work for scholars and students of Gothic.