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The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction (Cambridge Companions to Literature) [Kindle Edition]

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Gothic as a form of fiction-making has played a major role in Western culture since the late eighteenth century. In this 2002 volume, fourteen world-class experts on the Gothic provide thorough and revealing accounts of this haunting-to-horrifying type of fiction from the 1760s (the decade of The Castle of Otranto, the first so-called 'Gothic story') to the end of the twentieth century (an era haunted by filmed and computerized Gothic simulations). Along the way, these essays explore the connections of Gothic fictions to political and industrial revolutions, the realistic novel, the theatre, Romantic and post-Romantic poetry, nationalism and racism from Europe to America, colonized and post-colonial populations, the rise of film and other visual technologies, the struggles between 'high' and 'popular' culture, changing psychological attitudes towards human identity, gender and sexuality, and the obscure lines between life and death, sanity and madness. The volume also includes a chronology and guides to further reading.

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  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0521791243
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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (21 April 2014)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and informative 24 Jan 2012
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Nice and concise, lots to draw upon for thinking material and teaching ideas too! Well organised and logical it is ideal for those A level classes to provide extra stimulus - get your school librarian to but it in!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Good Start to the Gothic 4 Jan 2007
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This book is a wonderful start to anyone wanting to look at the idea of the Gothic. I'm a graduate student in English, and this book has been a great tool in helping me with my course work. The book gives you a good overview of the various types and periods of Gothic, including the more modern topics such as films and video games. It is a good starting off point that can help direct your scholarship in the right direction, as well as making you literate as to what exactly the Gothic is and where it has been. I highly recommend it.
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