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A New Companion to the Gothic (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture) Hardcover – 17 Feb 2012


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"The obvious value of ... A Companion to the Gothic is its wealth of critical approaches from good, old–fashioned ′history of ideas′ readings to the most sophisticated of recent theory." Romanticism on the Net

"Anyone lucky enough to have this volume sitting on their shelves has instant access to the recent thinking of a long list of scholars who have led the way in Gothic studies. The book is a veritable Baedecker′s guide that ranges from the historical Goths of the third century to Stephen King in the twentieth century; that explores dimensions of Gothic through painting and cinema, as well as written texts; that roams across Europe and America as well as the British Isles. Punter himself contributes a concise but stimulating introduction." Studies in Hogg and His World

"The individual essays are narrow enough to describe discrete topics but useful to newcomer and scholar alike ... Punter′s volume is sure to be a standard reference for some time to come for undergraduates and scholars." Choice

"The book does not offer a house view of what Gothic is, but instead faithfully reproduces the status of current debates on the relevant genres. Many essays provide useful summaries of criticism or of primary texts; others offer new critical insights." Times Higher Education

"A Companion to the Gothic offers a range of strategies for understanding the genre, and is an excellent resource for students, teachers, and scholars of the Gothic." Gothic Studies

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Now thoroughly expanded and updated, this widely acclaimed Companion provides a series of stimulating insights into Gothic writing, its history, and its genealogy. The volume offers comprehensive coverage of criticism of the Gothic and of the various theoretical approaches it has inspired and spawned.

This new edition now contains twelve brand new essays; six of these constitute an additional part on The Globalization of Gothic, which provides an invaluable reflection on the direction Gothic criticism has taken over the last decade. The additional six contributions cover the topics of Gothic Shakespeare, the Gothic ballad, the Gothic sublime, Gothic and the graphic novel, Goth culture, and the Gothic and hospitality. Original essays have, where necessary, been revised and updated to reflect the very latest debates in the discipline. The volume begins with a substantial introduction, individual chapters feature lists of primary and secondary bibliographic materials, and the essays are written by leading scholars in the field.

David Punter is widely recognized as the founder of modern criticism of the Gothic, and is therefore ideally placed to edit what has become the standard reference work for scholars and students of Gothic.

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