The Gothic Novel

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Selected Books on the Gothic: Annotated Bibliography

Adapted from the Graduate Program at the University of Virginia 


Selected Articles on the Gothic: Annotated Bibliography

Adapted from the Graduate Program at the University of Virginia 

Bernstein, Stephen. "Form and Ideology in the Gothic Novel." Essays in Literature 18 (1991): 151-65.
A materialist critique that uses Althusser and Foucault to read the Gothic novels as reproducing an ultimately conservative an anti-individualist ideology.

Blondel, Jacques. "On 'Metaphysical Prisons.'" Durham University Journal 32 (1971): 133-8.
Discusses literal and figurative imprisonment as recurrent themes in art and literature. Historicist approach.

Byrd, Max. "The Madhouse, the Whorehouse, and the Convent." Partisan Review 44 (1977): 268-78.
Describes madhouse, whorehouse and convent as largely equivalent structures that represent a metaphoric reigning in of unreason and human desire.

Foust, R.E. "Monstrous Image: Theory of Fantasy Antagonists." Genre 13 (1980): 441-53.
Uses theories of the uncanny to discuss the monstrous doubling in Frankenstein and Grendel. Psychoanalytic approach.

Freud, Sigmund. "The Uncanny." The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud. Ed. & trs. James Strachey. Vol. XVII. London: Hogarth, 1953, pp. 219-252.
Describes the uncanny experience in terms of doubling, death, and uncertainty about the distinction between reality and unreality. Treats the uncanny as both a psychological and a literary phenomenon.

Holland, Norman, and Leona Sherman. "Gothic Possibilities." New Literary History 8 (1977): 278-94.
The authors explore reader-response to the Gothic by discussing their own mental associations with Gothic symbols like the castle and the vulnerable heroine. Psychoanalytic approach.

Lyndenberg, Robin. "Gothic Architecture and Fiction: A Survey of Critical Responses." The Centennial Review 22 (1978): 95-109.
Compares critical responses to Gothic architecture and fiction.

Ozolins, Aija. "Dreams and Doctrines: Dual Strands in Frankenstein." Science-Fiction Studies 2 (1975): 103-10.
Describes Frankenstein as simultaneously supernatural and didatic. Discusses dreams (both Mary Shelley's and Victor Frankenstein's) and the doppelganger theme.

Paulson, Ronald. "Gothic Fiction and the French Revolution." ELH 48 (1981): 532-54.
Analyzes the influence of the Terror within the major "horror-Gothic" novels. Historicist approach.

Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. "The Character in the Veil: Imagery of the Surface in the Gothic Novel." Publication of the Modern Language Association vol. 96:2 (1981): 255-270.
Refutes the widely held notion that sexuality in the Gothic is submerged; suggests that many overtly sexual tropes are manifested in surfaces, not depths.

Voller, Jack G. "Todorov among the Gothics: Structuring the Supernatural Moment." Contours of the Fantastic: Selected Essays from the Eighth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. Ed. Michele K. Langford. New York: Greenwood, 1994. 197-206.
Examines and revises Todorov's structural approach to the Gothic.


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