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History of the Gothic

Gothic Literature 1825-1914

In this volume, Jarlath Killeen provides a detailed and accessible introduction to the gothic literature of the nineteenth century. Examining how themes and trends associated with early gothic novels were diffused in many different genres throughout the Victorian period—including the ghost story, the detective story, and the adventure story—History of the Gothic pays particular attention to how the gothic attempted to resolve the psychological and theological problems introduced with the modernization and secularization of British society, as well as the relationship between the child and horror.

192 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2009

Gothic Literary Studies

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Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Foreword



1 The Ghosts of Time

2 The Horror of Childhood

3 Regional Gothic

4 Ghosting the Gothic and the New Occult

Conclusion: Moving to the Gothic Trenches

Survey of Criticism

Gothic Chronology




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