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The Encyclopedia of the Gothic, 2 Volume Set

William Hughes (Editor), David Punter (Editor), Andrew Smith (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-119-06460-2
880 pages
December 2015, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Encylopedia of the Gothic features a series of newly-commissioned essays from experts in Gothic studies that cover all aspects of the Gothic as it is currently taught and researched, along with the development of the genre and its impact on contemporary culture.
  • Comprises over 200 newly commissioned entries written by a stellar cast of over 130 experts in the field
  • Arranged in A-Z format across two fully cross-referenced volumes
  • Represents the definitive reference guide to all aspects of the Gothic
  • Provides comprehensive coverage of relevant authors, national traditions, critical developments, and notable texts that define, shape, and inform the genre
  • Extends beyond a purely literary analysis to explore Gothic elements of film, music, drama, art, and architecture.
  • Explores the development of the genre and its impact on contemporary culture
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Table of Contents

Alphabetical List of Entries ix

General Editors xiii

Notes on Contributors xv

Introduction xxxv

The Gothic A–Z 1–757

Index 758

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Author Information

William Hughes is Professor of Gothic Studies at Bath Spa University and a past Joint President of the International Gothic Association. His publications include Beyond Dracula (2000), That Devil's Trick: Hypnotism and the Victorian Popular Imagination (2015) and Ecogothic (2013), the latter co-edited with Andrew Smith. Hughes is also the founding editor of Gothic Studies, the refereed journal of the International Gothic Association.

David Punter is Professor of English at the University of Bristol. His range and depth of critical work has been compared with that of Mario Praz and Edward Said. He has published some twenty books on Gothic, Romantic, modern and contemporary literature, and on psychoanalytic and other literary theory; he has also published four small volumes of poetry. He is generally recognized as the founder of modern criticism of the Gothic, and as an inspiration behind contemporary Goth culture.

Andrew Smith is Reader in Nineteenth Century English Literature at the University of Sheffield. He is a past Joint President of the International Gothic Association. Publications include The Ghost Story 1840-1920: A Cultural History (2010), Gothic Literature (2007, revised 2013), Victorian Demons (2004), and Gothic Radicalism (2000). He is a series editor of 'Gothic Literary Studies' and 'Gothic Authors: Critical Revisions' (with Ben Fisher) and of The Edinburgh Companions to the Gothic (with William Hughes).

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“The essays are well written and interesting, and many of them provide moments of real and pleasurable insight … [It is] a testament to the breadth and depth of knowledge about its central subject among the more than 130 contributing writers, and also among the three editors, each of whom is a significant figure in the field of gothic studies … A reference work that’s firmly rooted in and actively devoted to expressing the current state of academic scholarship about its area.” New York Journal of Books

“It includes over 200 commissioned essays from experts in gothic studies …The entries are well written and vary in length from one to five thousand words. Recommended.” Choice

“A substantial achievement ... An essential addition for humanities libraries, particularly those with researchers active in Gothic.” Reference Reviews

“A substantial achievement ... “—(Reference Reviews, 1 November 2013)

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