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The gothic world

The gothic world

Byron, Glennis, 1955- editor of compilation; Townshend, Dale, editor of compilation

This title offers an overview of the gothic world whilst also extending critical debate in exciting new directions such as film, politics, fashion, architecture, fine art, and cyberculture. Structured around the principles of time, space and practice, the five sections look at: 'Gothic Histories', 'Gothic Spaces', 'Gothic Readers and Writers', 'Gothic Spectacle', and 'Contemporary Impulses'

Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Routledge, 2013
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Glennis Byron and Dale Townshend
ISBN: 0203490010, 0415637449, 9780203490013, 9780415637442
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 512 pages ; 25 cm.
Series: The Routledge worlds
Subject: Gothic revival (Literature); Literature.; Gothic literature; Gothic revival
Series Title: Routledge worlds.


  1. General Introduction
  2. Glennis Byron and Dale Townshend
  3. Part 1. Gothic Histories
  4. 1. The Politics of Gothic Historiography, 1670-1800, Sean Silver
  5. 2. Gothic Antiquarianism in the Eighteenth Century, Rosemary Sweet
  6. 3. Gothic and the New American Republic, 1770-1800, Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock
  7. 4. Gothic and the Celtic Fringe, 1750-1850, James Kelly
  8. 5. British Gothic Nationhood, 1760-1830, Justin D. Edwards
  9. 6. Gothic Colonies, 1850-1920, Roger Luckhurst
  10. 7. History, Trauma and the Gothic in contemporary Western culture, Jerrold E. Hogle
  11. Part 2. Gothic Spaces
  12. 8. Gothic and the architectural Imagination, 1740-1840, Nicole Reynolds
  13. 9. Gothic Geography, 1760-1830, Benjamin A. Brabon
  14. 10. Gothic and the Victorian Home, Tamara Wagner
  15. 11. American Gothic and the environment, 1800-present, Matthew Wynn Sivils
  16. 12. Gothic Cities and Suburbs, 1880-present, Sara Wasson
  17. 13. Gothic in cyberspace, Bryan Alexander
  18. Part 3. Gothic Readers and Writers
  19. 14. Gothic and the publishing world, 1780-1820, Anthony Mandal
  20. 15. Gothic and the history of reading, 1764-1830, Katie Halsey
  21. 16. Gothic Adaptation, 1764-1830, Diane Long Hoeveler
  22. 17. Gothic romance, 1760-1830, Sue Chaplin
  23. 18. Gothic poetry, 1700-1900, David Punter
  24. 19. Gothic translation: France, 1760-1830, Angela Wright
  25. 20. Gothic translation: Germany, 1760-1830, Barry Murnane
  26. 21.Gothic and the child reader I: 1764-1850, M.O. Grenby
  27. 22. Gothic and the child reader II: 1850-present, Chloe Buckley
  28. 23. Gothic sensations, 1850-1880, Franz J. Potter
  29. 24. Young Adults and the contemporary Gothic, Hannah Priest
  30. 25. The earliest parodies of Gothic literature, Douglass H. Thomson
  31. 26. Figuring the author in modern Gothic writing, Neil McRobert
  32. 27. Gothic and question of theory, 1900-Present, Scott Brewster
  33. Part 4. Gothic Spectacle
  34. 28. Gothic and eighteenth-century visual art, Martin Myrone
  35. 29. Gothic visuality in the nineteenth century, Elizabeth McCarthy
  36. 30. Gothic theatre, 1765-present, Diego Saglia
  37. 31. Ghosts, monsters and spirits, 1840-1900, Alexandra Warwick
  38. 32.
  39. Gothic horror film from The Haunted Castle (1896) to Psycho (1960), James Morgart
  40. 33. Gothic horror film, 1960-present, Xavier Aldana Reyes
  41. 34. Southeast Asian Gothic cinema, Collete Balmain
  42. 35. Defining a Gothic aesthetic in modern and contemporary visual art, Gilda Williams
  43. 5. Contemporary Impulses
  44. 36. Sonic Gothic, Isabella van Elferen
  45. 37. Gothic
  46. lifestyle, Catherine Spooner
  47. 38. Gothic and survival horror videogames, Ewan Kirkland
  48. 39. Rewriting the canon in contemporary Gothic, Joanne Watkiss
  49. 40. Gothic tourism, Emma McEvoy
  50. 41. Gothic on the small screen, Brigid Cherry
  51. 42. Post-millenial mosters: monstrosity-no-more, Fred Botting
  52. Index

Author note

Glennis Byronis Professor of English at the University of Stirling, Scotland. With Dale Townshend, she co-runs the MLitt in The Gothic Imagination and the Gothic Imagination website. She was the principal investigator for the AHRC funded Global Gothic network. Globalgothic is forthcoming from Manchester University Press in 2012.

Dale Townshendis Lecturer in Gothic and Romantic Literature at the University of Stirling, Scotland, where he co-runs, with Glennis Byron, the MLitt in The Gothic Imagination. 


"As of now, this collection is the most inclusive, up-to-date scholarly work on the gothic, taking it beyond the literature. If one buys only one book on the subject, it should be this one. Summing Up: Essential."CHOICE, July 2014

"The list of contributors is a veritable Who's Who in Gothic Scholarship. I have no doubt that this work will become the definitive standard by which all other books on the Gothic are measured. The pervasive scope, the erudite yet accessible prose, and the diverse viewpoints all add up to overall excellence. Highly recommended." G. Todd Davis, Chair and Associate Professor of English, Kentucky State University, US

"Edited by two of the foremost scholars in the field and containing a rich variety of essays by both established and emerging critics, The Gothic Worldoffers multiple perspectives on Gothic from the eighteenth century to the present day. Interdisciplinary and international in scope, it is, from roots to new directions in different media, consistently illuminating. This splendid book will be indispensable for all students of the Gothic." Sue Zlosnik, Professor of Gothic Literature, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

"The Gothic World takes us on an impressive journey from the eighteenth century to the present day in which we encounter the Gothic in all its various guises from the novel to cyberspace and everything in between. The collection provides a comprehensive and intellectually stimulating overview of how we think about the Gothic and its international reach. It promises to have a long shelf life and is an essential text for anyone interested not only in the Gothic but in cultural history."Andrew Smith, University of Sheffield, UK, and co-president of the International Gothic Association

"This unique volume edited by leading scholars Glennis Byron and Dale Townshend is a wonderfully eclectic and indispensable resource for students (undergraduate and graduate) taking a course in Gothic literature, or for scholars whose area is the Gothic. Employing Bakhtin's definition of the Gothic chronotype, the editors and contributors to this volume are able to address changing meanings of the global Gothic across three centuries. The sense of Gothic boundarylessness is liberating and compelling. The "Gothic World" envisioned here spans various times, nations, audiences, disciplines, and genres and makes fascinating connections between Gothic as a literary mode and as a cultural phenomenon. Even the layperson will embrace the discussions of how Gothic has permeated history, art, architecture, politics, psychology, cyberspace, tourism, and cinema. The overview of the changing nature of Gothic readership and various reception theories is useful in showing the ongoing appeal of the Gothic mode and genre. A brilliant collection of essays by both established and up-and-coming scholars of the Gothic." Monika Elbert, Professor of English, Montclair State University, US

"As Byron and Townshend superbly demonstrate, the Gothic is an ever-expanding universe going well beyond the multi-disciplinary to encompass the multi-dimensional. The contributions of over 40 experts are the coordinates which bring to light the twilight Gothic worlds we all inhabit. From literature, film, history, fashion, life-style, cyberculture and beyond, this is a book which will continue to advance Gothic Studies as a global phenomenon for many years to come." Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Associate Professor in English Literature, University of the West of England, UK