Gothic: Eighteenth-century Gothic : Radcliffe, reader, writer, romancer

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Fred Botting, Dale Townshend
Taylor & Francis, 2004 - Gothic revival (Literature) - 329 pages
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This collection brings together key writings which convey the breadth of what is understood to be Gothic, and the ways in which it has produced, reinforced, and undermined received ideas about literature and culture. In addition to its interests in the late eighteenth-century origins of the form, this collection anthologizes path-breaking essays on most aspects of gothic production, including some of its nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century manifestations across a broad range of cultural media.
 

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Contents

General Introduction
1
Some side lights on the theory of the Gothic romance
19
The useful myth of Gothic ancestry
27
Night thoughts on the Gothic novel
38
Narrative enclosure as textual ruin an archaeology of Gothic consciousness
55
Deserts ruins and troubled waters female dreams in fiction and the development of the Gothic novel
83
Female Gothic
123
The restless labyrinth cryptonomy in the Gothic novel
145
Fact and fancy in the Gothic novel
212
The Gothic way of death in English fiction 17901820
223
Imperial Gothic atavism and the occult in the British adventure novel 18801914
233
American female Gothic
260
Gothic mirrors and feminine indentity
276
Postcolonial Gothic Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and the Sobhraj Case
293
Signs of evil Bataille Baudrillard and postmodern Gothic
307
Opening up
326

A philosophical view of the Gothic novel
167
Abjection nationalism and the Gothic
192

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Fred Botting has taught English Literature, Critical Theory, Film and Cultural Studies at the Universities of Lancaster, Keele and Cardiff. He has written extensively on Gothic fictions, and on theory, film and cultural forms. His current research projects include work on fiction and film dealing with figures of horror - zombies in particular - and on spectrality, the uncanny and sexuality.

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