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A New Companion to The Gothic

David Punter (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-35493-5 January 2012 Wiley-Blackwell 528 Pages


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
Notes on Contributors


Introduction: The Ghost of a History - David Punter

Part I. Gothic Backgrounds

Part II. The Original Gothic

Part III. Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Transformations

Part IV. Gothic Theory and Genre

Part V. The Globalization of Gothic

Part VI. The Continuing Debate


Reviews for the previous edition:

"The obvious value of ... A Companion to the Gothic 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

"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 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 World

"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

"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

"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