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Top 10 Gothic Literature


Gothic Literature includes poetry and novels (between 1764 and 1820) by William Beckford, Matthew Lewis, Ann Radcliffe, Horace Walpole, and others. The genre is characterized by supernaturalism, melodrama, and sensationalism.

1. Geography of Victorian Gothic Fiction: Mapping History's Nightmares

by Robert Mighall. Oxford. From the publisher: "This is the first major full-length study of Victorian Gothic fiction. Combining original readings of familiar texts with a rich store of historical sources, A Geography of Victorian Gothic Fiction is an historicist survey of nineteenth-century Gothic writing - from Dickens to Stoker, Wilkie Collins to Conan Doyle."

2. American Gothic: An Anthology 1787-1916

by Charles L. Crow (Editor). Blackwell Publishers. From the publisher: "This collection brings together, and sets into dialogue, Gothic works by a number of authors, men and women, black and white, which illuminate many of the deepest concerns and fears of nineteenth-century America."

3. The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction

by Jerrold E. Hogle (Editor). Cambridge. From the publisher: "Fourteen world-class experts on the Gothic provide thorough accounts of this haunting-to-horrifying genre from the 1760s to the end of the twentieth century."

4. Handbook to Gothic Literature

by Marie Mulvey-Roberts. New York University Press. From the publisher: "Through a wide and eclectic range of brief essays written by leading scholars, The Handbook to Gothic Literature provides a virtual encyclopedia of things Gothic. From the Demonic to the Uncanny, the Bronte sisters to Melville, this volume plots the characteristics of Gothic's vastly different schools and manifestations."

5. Victorian Hauntings: Spectrality,Gothic,the Uncanny and Literature

by Julian Wolfreys. Palgrave Macmillan. From the publisher: "In what ways can authors in the nineteenth century be read so as to acknowledge the various phantom effects which return within their texts? In what ways do the traces of such 'ghost' writing surface in the works of Dickens, Tennyson, Eliot and Hardy?"

6. Alien Nation: Nineteenth-Century Gothic Fictions

by Cannon Schmitt. University of Pennsylvania Press. From the publisher: "Rife with sexuality, chaos, confusion, and terror, the Gothic has seemed to many of its recent readers to be a subversive genre, resisting enforced gender constructions of straitened notions of rationality, disinterring that which has been forbidden or repressed."

7. Gothic Passages: Racial Ambiguity and the American Gothic

by Justin D. Edwards. University of Iowa Press. From the publisher: "Works of gothic literature by Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Frances Harper, and Charles Chesnutt, among others, are placed in the contexts of nineteenth-century racial 'science' and contemporary discourses about the formation of identity."

8. Modern Gothic: A Reader

by Allan L. Smith (Editor). St. Martin's Press. From the publisher: "This lively collection of essays aims to chart the survival of the gothic strain: the dark, the forbidding, the alienating, the fantastic, in a spectrum of popular and high cultural forms of representation."

9. Gothic Modernisms

by Andrew Smith, Jeff Wallace (Editor). Palgrave Macmillan. From the publisher: "The contributors explore how the Gothic influences a range of writers including James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, May Sinclair, Elizabeth Bowen, and Djuna Barnes."

10. Companion to the Gothic

by David Punter (Editor). Blackwell Publishers. From the publisher: "'A Companion to the Gothic' provide a series of stimulating insights into Gothic writing and its history and genealogy. It also offers comprehensive coverage of criticism and the various theoretical approaches the Gothic has inspired and spawned."

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