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Description - The Gothic by David Punter

This guide provides an overview of the most significant issues and debates in Gothic studies. The guide is divided into four parts: The opening section explains the origins and development of the term Gothic, considers the particular features of the Gothic within specific periods, and explores its evolution in both literary and non-literary forms, such as art, architecture and film. The following section contains extended entries on major writers of the Gothic, pointing to the most significant features of their work. The third section features new readings of key works, ranging from Horace Walpole's "The Castle of Otranto" to Bret Easton Ellis' "American Psycho". Finally, the text considers recurrent concerns of the Gothic such as persecution and paranoia, as well as key motifs, such as the haunted castle, and figures such as the vampire and the monster. Supplementary material includes a chronology of key Gothic texts, including fiction from the 1760s to fiction and films in the 21st century.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780631220633
ISBN-10: 0631220631
Format: Paperback
(227mm x 158mm x 17mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Dec-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Punter

David Punter is Professor of English at the University of Bristol. He has previously taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and at Fudan University in Shanghai, among other institutions. His recent publications include Postcolonial Imaginings (2000), Writing the Passions (2000), Gothic Pathologies (1998), and The Literature of Terror (2 vols., 1996). He has also published four volumes of poetry. Glennis Byron is Reader in English Studies at the University of Stirling. She has also taught at the University of Alberta in Canada. Her previous publications include Dramatic Monologue (2003), Letitia Landon: The Woman Behind L.E.L (1995), and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Poetry of Love (1989).

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