Gothic: Origins and Innovations brings together nineteen papers from an international group of scholars currently researching in the field of the Gothic which take a fresh, contemporary look at the tradition from its eighteenth-century inception to the twentieth century. Topics and authors include the current usage and definition of the term 'Gothic'; the eighteenth-century rise of the genre; the Sublime; Victorian sensation fiction, and authors such as Coleridge, Mary Shelly, Maturin, LeFanu, Washington Irving, Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, John Neale, Jack London, Herman Melville, Dickens, Henry James and the movie version of his
Turn of the Screw, The Innocents. This wide-ranging set of discussions brings to the subject a new set of perspectives, revising standard accounts of the origins of the genre and extending the historical and cultural contexts into which traditional literary history has tended to confine the subject. Framed by a lively and challenging introduction, the collection brings to bear a full range of contemporary critical instruments, approaches, and interdisciplinary languages, ranging from the new vocabularies of the socio-cultural to the latest debates in the psychoanalytic field. It provides a stimulating introduction to recent thinking about the Gothic.
Allan LLOYD SMITH & Victor SAGE: Introduction. Maurice LEVY: 'Gothic' and the Critical Idiom. John Allen STEVENSON:
Tom Jones, Jacobitism, and the Rise of Gothic. Jerrold E. HOGLE: The Ghost of the Counterfeit in the Genesis of the Gothic. Emma CLERY: Against Gothic. Richard HASLAM: Maturin and the 'Calvinist Sublime'. Tim MARSHALL:
Frankenstein and the 1832 Anatomy Act. Allan LLOYD SMITH: 'Rip Van Winkle' and the Phantom. William VEEDER: Form, Psychoanalysis, and Gender in Gothic Fiction: The Instance of 'Rip Van Winkle'. Francesca ORESTANO: The Case for John Neal: Gothic Naturalized. Benjamin Franklin FISHER IV: Gothic Possibilities in
Moby-Dick. Charles L. CROW: Jack London's
The Sea-Wolf as Gothic Romance. William HUGHES: Profane Resurrections: Bram Stoker's Self-Censorship in
The Jewel of Seven Stars. Edmund CUSICK: Stoker's Languages of the Supernatural: A Jungian Approach to the Novels. Jochen ACHILLES: Fantasy as Psychological Necessity: Sheridan Le Fanu's Fiction. Alison MILBANK: From the Sublime to the Uncanny: Victorian Gothic and Sensation Fiction. David SEED: Behind Closed Doors: The Management of Mystery in
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Victor SAGE: Gothic Laughter: Farce and Horror in Five Texts. Andrew HIGSON: Gothic Fantasy as Art Cinema: The Secret of Female Desire in
The Innocents. David PUNTER: The Passions of Gothic.