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Gothic Romance

A New Companion to the Gothic by David Punter

By David Punter

The completely extended and up to date New significant other to the Gothic, provides a sequence of stimulating insights into Gothic writing, its heritage and family tree. The addition of 12 new essays and a bit on ‘Global Gothic’ displays the path Gothic feedback has taken during the last decade.

  • Many of the unique essays were revised to mirror present debates
  • Offers complete insurance of feedback of the Gothic and of some of the theoretical methods it has encouraged and spawned
  • Features vital and unique essays by way of prime students within the field
  • The editor is widely known because the founding father of glossy feedback of the Gothic

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II, 858). 7 8 For copyright reasons, the text of quotations from Gibbon is derived from early editions; it has then been modernized. For the reader’s convenience (since Gibbon’s vast work is divided into 71 long chapters, which are not themselves subdivided), page references are given to the most recent Penguin edition by Womersley, which contains an excellent introduction, all Gibbon’s notes, his index, and the editor’s extensive bibliographical index of Gibbon’s reading derived from the notes.

For Robert Miles, “the myth of the Goth was first and foremost an ideological construction,” at work, notably in the fiction of Ann Radcliffe, as “a cipher for middle class values” in opposition to the “Oriental,” who serves as a figure “for aristocratic abuse and luxury” (Miles, 1995, 43). The distinction between bourgeois and aristocratic characteristics structures Radcliffe’s portrayals of her villains, so that in The Romance of the Forest (1791) the evil Marquis de Montalt is an immoral, selfish monster devoid of compassion or familial feeling and intent only on satisfying his base and materialistic appetites.

Cooke, Arthur (1951). ” Modern Language Quarterly 12, 429–36. Cumberland, Richard (1785). The Observer. In Novel and Romance, ed. I. Williams, 332–6. Foucault, Michel (1986). ” Diacritics 16(1), 22–7. Hogle, Jerrold E. (1994). ” In Gothick Origins and Innovations, ed. A. Lloyd Smith and V. Sage. Amsterdam: Rodopi. Home, Henry, Lord Kames (1839). Elements of Criticism (1762). 11th edn. London: B. Blake. Hurd, Richard (1963). Letters on Chivalry and Romance (1762). University of California: Augustan Reprint Society.

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