A Geography of Victorian Gothic Fiction: Mapping History's Nightmares by Robert MighallA Geography of Victorian Gothic Fiction: Mapping History's Nightmares by Robert Mighall

A Geography of Victorian Gothic Fiction: Mapping History's Nightmares

byRobert Mighall

Paperback | March 10, 2004

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This is the first major full-length study of Victorian Gothic fiction. Combining original readings of familiar texts with a rich store of historical sources, A Geography of Victorian Gothic Fiction is an historicist survey of nineteenth-century Gothic writing - from Dickens to Stoker, WilkieCollins to Conan Doyle, through European travelogues, sexological textbooks, ecclesiastic histories and pamphlets on the perils of self-abuse. Critics have thus far tended to concentrate on specific angles of Gothic writing (gender or race), or the belief that the Gothic 'returned' at the so-calledfin de siecle. Robert Mighall, by contrast, demonstrates how the Gothic mode was active throughout the Victorian period, and provides historical explanations for its development from late eighteenth century, through the 'Urban Gothic' fictions of the mid-Victorian period, the 'Suburban Gothic' ofthe Sensation vogue, through to the somatic horrors of Stevenson, Machen, Stoker, and Doyle at the century's close. Mighall challenges the psychological approach to Gothic fiction which currently prevails, demonstrating the importance of geographical, historical, and discursive factors that havebeen largely neglected by critics, and employing a variety of original sources to demonstrate the contexts of Gothic fiction and explain its development in the Victorian period.
Robert Mighall is an Honorary Research Fellow in English Literature at University College London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He also held the position of Editor of Penguin Classics. His publications include an edited selection of Oscar Wilde's poetry for Everyman and Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray for Penguin Classi...
Title:A Geography of Victorian Gothic Fiction: Mapping History's NightmaresFormat:PaperbackDimensions:322 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:March 10, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199262187

ISBN - 13:9780199262182


Table of Contents

Introduction: Outside in: Gothic criticism and the pull into interiority1. History as nightmare2. From Udolpho to Spitalfields: mapping Gothic London3. Haunted houses I and II4. Atavism: a Darwinian nightmare5. Unspeakable vices: moral monstrosity and representation6. Making a case: vampirism, sexuality, and interpretationPostscript: From landscape to dreamscape: redrawing the Gothic mapBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

`... excellent book .. this is an original, thoughtful and ground-breaking book. No student of Victorian literature can afford to neglect it. Unusually for a critical book, it is also great fun'Michael Newton, THES