Love, Mystery, and Misery : Feeling in Gothic Fiction

Love, Mystery, and Misery : Feeling in Gothic Fiction

Details

Author(s)
Coral Ann Howells
Format
Paperback | 224 pages
Dimensions
138 x 216mm
Publication date
01 Jul 2005
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition
New edition
Edition Statement
New edition
ISBN10
0826478883
ISBN13
9780826478887

Description

The current Gothic revival in literature and film encourages us to look again to the earliest Gothic novels written between 1790 and 1820, when Gothic was the most popular kind of fiction in England. This classic study emphasizes the importance of Gothic novels as experiments in imaginative writing and of the study of feeling as central to Gothic, for its spell consists in the feelings it arouses and exercises. As pseudo-historical fantasy, Gothic fiction embodies contemporary neuroses, especially sexual fears and repressions, which run right through it and are basic to its conventions. Howells traces the effort to articulate these disconcerting emotions in symbol, incident, landscape and architecture. The chronological design suggests developments in Gothic, from the initial explorations of Mrs Radcliffe and M.G. Lewis, through the Minerva Press novelists and Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, to new directions taken by C.R. Maturin in Melmoth the Wanderer and later by Charlotte Bronte whose Jane Eyre, arguably the finest of Gothic novels, places the earlier experiments in perspective.


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