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Shakespeare was both influenced by and influential in the rise of Gothic forms in literature and culture from the late eighteenth century onwards. Shakespeare's plays are full of ghosts, suspense, fear-inducing moments and cultural anxieties which many writers in the Gothic mode have since emulated, adapted and appropriated. The contributors to this volume consider: Shakespeare's relationship with popular Gothic fiction of the eighteenth century how, without Shakespeare as a point of reference, the Gothic mode in fiction and drama may not have developed and evolved in quite the way it did the ways in which the Gothic engages in a complex dialogue with Shakespeare, often through the use of quotation, citation and analogy the extent to which the relationship between Shakespeare and the Gothic requires a radical reappraisal in the light of contemporary literary theory, as well as the popular extensions of the Gothic into many modern modes of representation. In Gothic Shakespeares, Shakespeare is considered alongside major Gothic texts and writers - from Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe, Matthew Lewis and Mary Shelley, up to and including contemporary Gothic fiction and horror film.This volume offers a highly original and truly provocative account of Gothic reformulations of Shakespeare, and Shakespeare's significance to the Gothic. Contributors Include: Elisabeth Bronfen, Steven Craig, Dale Townshend, Susan Chaplin, Angela Wright, Robert Miles, Michael Gamer, Peter Hutchings, Scott Wilson, Fred Botting and Jerrold E. Hogle.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415420679
ISBN-10: 0415420679
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x mm)
Pages: 261
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Drakakis

University of Stirling, UK

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