A multi-disciplinary scholarly consideration of the Victorian Gothic
These 14 chapters, each written by an acknowledged expert in the field, provide an invaluable insight into the complex and various Gothic forms of the nineteenth century. Covering a range of diverse contexts, the chapters focus on science, medicine, Queer theory, imperialism, nationalism, and gender. Together with further chapters on the ghost story, realism, the fin de siecle, pulp fictions, sensation fiction, and the Victorian way of death, the Companion provides a thorough-going overview of the Victorian Gothic.
An essential resource for students and scholars working on the Gothic, Victorian literature and culture, and critical theory.
* First multi-authored thorough exploration of the Victorian Gothic
* Original research in all chapters
* Sets the agenda for future scholarship in the field
* Pedagogically awareKey WordsVictorian, Gothic, Science, Gender, Nationalism, Death, Supernatural, Ghost, Death
About the Author
Andrew Smith is Professor of English Studies at the University of Glamorgan. His 12 published books include The Ghost Story 1840-1920: A Cultural History (2010), Gothic Literature (2007), Victorian demons (2004) and Gothic Radicalism (2000). He is co-editor, with Benjamin Fisher, of the series 'Gothic Literary Studies' and 'Gothic Authors: Critical Revisions', published by the University of Wales Press. He is, with William Hughes, currently co-president of the International Gothic Association. William Hughes is Professor of Gothic Studies at Bath Spa University. His 12 published books include Beyond Dracula (2000), two student guides to Dracula, and the definitive bibliography of Stoker's works (with Richard Dalby, 2004). With Andrew Smith, he has co-edited four collections, including Empire and the Gothic (2003) and Queering the Gothic (2009) and, with Diane Mason, he has produced an annotated edition of Stoker's Dracula (2007). He is the founder editor of Gothic Studies, the refereed journal of the International Gothic Association.