21st-Century Gothic: Great Gothic Novels Since 2000

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Danel Olson
Scarecrow Press, Dec 29, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 710 pages
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Selected by a poll of more than 180 Gothic specialists (creative writers, professors, critics, and Gothic Studies program developers at universities), the fifty-three original works discussed in 21st-Century Gothic represent the most impressive Gothic novels written around the world between 2000-2010. The essays in this volume discuss the merits of these novels, highlighting the influences and key components that make them worthy of inclusion. Many of the pioneer voices of Gothic Studies, as well as other key critics of the field, have all contributed new essays to this volume, including David Punter, Jerrold Hogle, Karen F. Stein, Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Mary Ellen Snodgrass, Tony Magistrale, Don D'Ammassa, Mavis Haut, Walter Rankin, James Doig, Laurence A. Rickels, Douglass H. Thomson, Sue Zlosnik, Carol Margaret Davision, Ruth Bienstock Anolik, Glennis Byron, Judith Wilt, Bernice Murphy, Darrell Schweitzer, and June Pulliam. The guide includes a preface by one of the world's leading authorities on the weird and fantastic, S. T. Joshi.

Sharing their knowledge of how traditional Gothic elements and tensions surface in a changed way within a contemporary novel, the contributors enhance the reader's dark enjoyment, emotional involvement, and appreciation of these works. These essays show not only how each of these novels are Gothic but also how they advance or change Gothicism, making the works both irresistible for readers and establishing their place in the Gothic canon.
 

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Contents

Ch01 From Aspergers Syndrome to Monosexual Reproduction
1
Ch02 The Sleep of Reason
14
Ch03 Beasts
21
Ch04 The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood as a Modern Bluebeard
32
Ch05 Death and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
42
Pandoras Bride
50
Ch07 Ghosts in a Mirror
60
Ch08 Repositioning the Bodies
72
Ch31 Renovation is Hell and Other Gothic Truths Deep Inside Jennifer Egans The Keep
327
Ch32 Nancy Drew Goes Gothic?
342
Ch33 The Tyranny of Time and Identity
353
Ch34 And That Was the Reason I Perished
362
Ch35 Deadly Words
372
Ch36 His Dark Materials
385
A Confession
397
Ch38 London Demons
410

Ch09 Marvels and Horrors
84
Ch10 What We Hide Within Us
98
Ch11 Michel Faber Feminism and the NeoGothic Novel
111
Ch12 Shedding Light on the Gothic
124
Ch13 Gothic Western Epic Fantasy
135
Ch14 Wonder and Awe
149
Ch15 Drac the Ripper
158
Ch16 The New Southern Gothic
171
Ch17 Margot Liveseys Eva Moves the Furniture
182
Ch18 Fatal Women and Their Stratagems
195
Ch19 A Monster Sensation
206
Ch20 Fairy GothMothers
215
Ch21 In Praise of She Wolves
226
Ch22 Andrew Davidsons The Gargoyle
242
Ch23 The Perils of Reading
250
Ch24 Making Fish Out of Men
258
Ch25 Raised By the Dead
269
Ch26 Death Comes in the Mail
279
Ch27 Vlad Lives
285
Ch28 Gothic New York in James Lasduns The Horned Man
302
Ch29 Economies of LeaveTaking in Mark Z Danielewskis House of Leaves
308
Ch30 Dread and Decorum in Susanna Clarkes Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell
319
Ch39 Haunting Voices Haunted Text
418
Ch40 Borderline Gothic
432
Ch41 Narrative and Regeneration
445
Ch42 Educating Kathy
453
Ch43 Cormac McCarthys No Country for Old Men
465
Ch44 Jeffrey Fords The Portrait of Mrs Charbuque
477
Ch45 Gothic Maternity
486
Ch46 Natsuo Kirinos Real World
496
Ch47 The Longest Gothic Goodbye in the World
506
Ch48 A Labyrinth of Mirrors
527
Ch49 An Icy Allegory of Cultural Survival
539
Ch50 Are They All Horrid?
552
Ch51 Snakes Bulls and the Preoccupations of History
563
Ch52 Gothic Romantic or Just Sadomasochistic?
573
Ch53 Shaggy Dog Stories
584
APPENDIX A Consultants and Contributors
595
APPENDIX B Honorable Mentions
603
APPENDIX C Novel Publication Details
606
Index
617
About the Editor
663
About the Contributors
665
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Danel Olson is professor at Lone Star College. He has compiled three collections of new Gothic stories from around the world: Exotic Gothic (2007), Exotic Gothic 2: New Tales of Taboo (2008), and Exotic Gothic 3: Strange Visitations (2009).

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