A Companion to the Gothic
October 2001, Wiley-Blackwell
Notes on Contributors.
PART ONE. GOTHIC BACKGROUNDS.
1. In Gothic Darkly: Heterotopia, History, Culture (Fred Botting).
2. The Goths in History and Pre-Gothic Gothic (Robin Sowerby).
3. European Gothic (Neil Cornwell).
PART TWO. THE ‘ORIGINAL’ GOTHIC.
4. Ann Radcliffe and Matthew Lewis (Robert Miles).
5. Mary Shelley, Arthur of Frankenstein (Nora Crook).
6. Walter Scott, James Hogg and Scottish Gothic (Ian Duncan).
7. Irish Gothic: C.R. Maturin and J.S. LeFanu (Victor Sage).
8. The Political Culture of Gothic Drama (David Worrall).
PART THREE. NINETEENTH-AND TWENTIETH-CENTURY TRANSMUTATIONS.
9. Nineteenth-Century American Gothic (Allan Lloyd-Smith).
10. The Ghost Story (Julia Briggs).
11. Gothic in the 1890s (Glennis Byron).
12. Fictional Vampires in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (William Hughes).
13. Horror Fiction: In Search of a Definition (Clive Bloom).
14. Love Bites: Contemporary Women’s Vampire Fictions (Gina Wisker).
15. Gothic Film (Heidi Kaye).
16. Shape and Shadow: On Poetry and the Uncanny (David Punter).
PART FOUR. GOTHIC THEORY AND GENRE.
17. Gothic Criticism (Chris Baldick and Robert Mighall).
18. Psychoanalysis and the Gothic (Michelle A. Massé).
19. Comic Gothic (Avril Horner and Sue Zlosnik).
PART FIVE. THE CONTINUING DEBATE.
20. Can You Forgive Her? The Gothic Heroine and Her Critics (Kate Ferguson Ellis).
21. Picture This: Stephen King’s Queer Gothic (Steven Bruhm).
22. Seeing Things: Gothic and the Madness of Interpretation (Scott Brewster).
23. The Gothic Ghost of the Counterfeit and the Progress of Abjection (Jerrold E. Hogle).
24. The Magical Realism of the Contemporary Gothic (Lucie Armitt).
- Provides comprehensive coverage of this now enormously respected field of study.
- Offers twenty-four essays by the leading critics in the field.
- Ranges from the foundational Gothic to the contemporary.
"Anyone lucky enough to have this volume sitting on their
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scholars who have led the way in Gothic studies. The book is a
veritable Baedecker's guide that ranges from the historical Goths
of the third century to Stephen King in the twentieth century; that
explores dimensions of Gothic through painting and cinema, as well
as written texts; that roams across Europe and America as well as
the British Isles. Punter himself contributes a concise but
stimulating introduction." (Studies in Hogg and His
"The individual essays are narrow enough to describe discrete
topics but useful to newcomer and scolar alike." "Punter's volume
is sure to be a standard reference for some time to come for
undergraduates and scholars." (Choice)
"The book does not offer a house view of what Gothic is, but
instead faithfully reproduces the status of current debates on the
relevant genres. Many essays provide useful summaries of criticism
or of primary texts; others offer new critical insights." (Times
Higher Education Supplement)
"Without foreclosing interpretative possibilities ... A Companion to the Gothic offers a range of strategies for understanding the genre, and is an excellent resource for students, teachers, and scholars of the Gothic." (Gothic Studies)