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The Cambridge companion to gothic fiction /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Hogle, Jerrold E.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
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Online Access: Online version
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Hogle (Univ. of Arizona) furnishes overviews of literary gothicism from its origins in Renaissance revenge tragedy, through developments in 18th-century novels and plays and 19th-century and 20th-century fiction (and film), to the present. Individual chapters are written by specialtists in gothicism, and several of them are quick to point out that gothicism as a literary manifestation is not confined to the second half of the 18th century, as previous literary histories might suggest, but that writers and filmmakers have kept it alive and well. Contributors also emphasize that the "gothic novel" was not strictly English, but that it had many more outreaches. Although some essays include considerable political theorizing, the language does not overwhelm. This reviewer found Hogle's introduction and the essays by E.J. Clery, Robert Miles, Jeffrey Cox, David Punter, and Terry Hale the most rewarding, though Steven Bruhm's and Fred Botting's essays on contemporary gothic and "aftergothic," respectively, offer perspectives that invite further investigations. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Advanced high school students, lower- and upper-division undergraduates, general readers. B. F. Fisher University of Mississippi

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