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A New Companion to The Gothic

David Punter (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-5493-5
528 pages
January 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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The thoroughly expanded and updated New Companion to the Gothic, provides a series of stimulating insights into Gothic writing, its history and genealogy. The addition of 12 new essays and a section on ‘Global Gothic’ reflects the direction Gothic criticism has taken over the last decade.

  • Many of the original essays have been revised to reflect current debates
  • Offers comprehensive coverage of criticism of the Gothic and of the various theoretical approaches it has inspired and spawned
  • Features important and original essays by leading scholars in the field
  • The editor is widely recognized as the founder of modern criticism of the Gothic
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors x

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction: The Ghost of a History 1
David Punter

Part I. Gothic Backgrounds 11

1 In Gothic Darkly: Heterotopia, History, Culture 13
Fred Botting

2 The Goths in History and Pre-Gothic Gothic 25
Robin Sowerby

3 Gothic Shakespeare 38
Dale Townshend

4 European Gothic 64
Neil Cornwell

5 The Gothic Ballad 77
Douglass H. Thomson

Part II. The Original Gothic 91

6 Ann Radcliffe and Matthew Lewis 93
Robert Miles

7 Mary Shelley, Author of Frankenstein 110
Nora Crook

8 Walter Scott, James Hogg, and Scottish Gothic 123
Ian Duncan

9 Irish Gothic: C. R. Maturin and J. S. LeFanu 135
Victor Sage

10 The Political Culture of Gothic Drama 148
David Worrall

Part III. Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Transformations 161

11 Nineteenth-Century American Gothic 163
Allan Lloyd Smith

12 The Ghost Story 176
Julia Briggs

13 Gothic in the 1890s 186
Glennis Byron

14 Fictional Vampires in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 197
William Hughes

15 Horror Fiction: In Search of a Definition 211
Clive Bloom

16 Love Bites: Contemporary Women’s Vampire Fictions 224
Gina Wisker

17 Gothic Film 239
Heidi Kaye

18 Shape and Shadow: On Poetry and the Uncanny 252
David Punter

Part IV. Gothic Theory and Genre 265

19 Gothic Criticism 267
Chris Baldick and Robert Mighall

20 The Gothic Sublime 288
Vijay Mishra

21 Psychoanalysis and the Gothic 307
Michelle A. Massé

22 Comic Gothic 321
Avril Horner and Sue Zlosnik

23 Gothic and the Graphic Novel 335
Julia Round

24 Goth Culture 350
Catherine Spooner

Part V. The Globalization of Gothic 367

25 Global Gothic 369
Glennis Byron

26 Australian Gothic 379
Ken Gelder

27 New Zealand Gothic 393
Ian Conrich

28 Canadian Gothic 409
Cynthia Sugars

29 Asian Gothic 428
Katarzyna Ancuta

30 Japanese Gothic 442
Charles Shirô Inouye

Part VI. The Continuing Debate 455

31 Can You Forgive Her? The Gothic Heroine and Her Critics 457
Kate Ferguson Ellis

32 Picture This: Stephen King’s Queer Gothic 469
Steven Bruhm

33 Seeing Things: Gothic and the Madness of Interpretation 481
Scott Brewster

34 The Gothic Ghost of the Counterfeit and the Progress of Abjection 496
Jerrold E. Hogle

35 The Magical Realism of the Contemporary Gothic 510
Lucie Armitt

36 Welcome the Coming, Speed the Parting Guest: Hospitality and the Gothic 523
Joanne Watkiss

Index 535

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Author Information

David Punter is Professor of English at the University of Bristol. He has written extensively on Gothic, romantic, and modern literature, literary theory, and psychoanalysis, as well as producing four volumes of poetry. His recent publications include The Gothic (with Glennis Byron, Blackwell, 2004), Metaphor (2007), Modernity (2007), and Rapture: Literature, Addiction, Secrecy (2009).

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From reviews of the previous edition:

“It offers a range of strategies for understanding the genre, and is an excellent resource for students, teachers, and scholars of the Gothic.” Gothic Studies

“[Its] obvious value ... is its wealth of critical approaches – from good, old-fashioned ‘history of ideas’ readings to the most sophisticated of recent theory.” Romanticism on the Net

“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

“The individual essays are narrow enough to describe discrete topics but useful to newcomer and scholar alike … Punter's volume is sure to be a standard reference for some time to come for undergraduates and scholars.” Choice

“Anyone lucky enough to have this volume sitting on their shelves has instant access to the recent thinking of a long list of scholars who have led the way in Gothic studies. The book is a veritable Baedeker'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 World


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