Haunting Modernity And The Gothic Presence In British Modernist Literature by Daniel DarvayHaunting Modernity And The Gothic Presence In British Modernist Literature by Daniel Darvay

Haunting Modernity And The Gothic Presence In British Modernist Literature

byDaniel Darvay

Hardcover | July 25, 2016

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This book explores the complex relationship between British modernism and the Gothic tradition over several centuries of modern literary and cultural history. Illuminating the blind spots of Gothic criticism and expanding the range of cultural material that falls under the banner of this tradition, Daniel Darvay focuses on how late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British writers transform the artifice of Gothic ruins into building blocks for a distinctively modernist architecture of questions, concerns, images, and arguments. To make this argument, Darvay takes readers back to early exemplars of the genre thematically rooted in the English Reformation, tracing it through significant Victorian transformations to finally the modernist period. Through writers such as Oscar Wilde, Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster, and D. H. Lawrence, this book ultimately expands the boundaries of the Gothic genre and provides a fresh, new approach to better understanding the modernist movement.

Daniel Darvay is a Visiting Lecturer at Colorado State University-Pueblo, USA. His research interests include modern British literature, Gothic culture, and the history and theory of the novel.
Title:Haunting Modernity And The Gothic Presence In British Modernist LiteratureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:218 pages, 21 × 14.8 × 0.25 inPublished:July 25, 2016Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319326600

ISBN - 13:9783319326603

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Table of Contents




1. Introduction: Catholicism, Sacrilege and the Modern Gothic

2. Labyrinths of Reason from Augustine to Wilde

3.  Specters of Conrad: Espionage and the Modern West

4.  The Haunted Museum: E. M. Forster, Italy, and the Grand Tour

5.  Detectives of the Mind: Virginia Woolf and the Gothic Sublime.

6.  Dark Vibes: D. H. Lawrence and Occult Electricity




Editorial Reviews

"From sacrilege narratives and imperial Gothic, through to the mysteries of electricity, this book is packed with new insights, and is necessary reading for those interested in how Gothic pervades later cultures." (David Punter, Professor of English, University of Bristol, UK)"Daniel Darvay's alert, thoughtful, and historically grounded exploration of a British modernism that links Wilde, Conrad, Forster, Woolf, and Lawrence, presents a literature parasited by echoes of the Gothic sublime, awed by subliminal auras, spurred by magnetic echoes, and inscribing allotropic traces of the undead. In this brilliant synthesis, a more plastic and capacious modernism emerges, crackling with electric phantoms and spectral illuminations." (Jean-Michel Rabaté, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania, USA) "All that was spooky melts in modernity . . Though manifold and persistent, Modernist conjurations of Gothic forms have been, until now, significantly overlooked. This book elegantly brings to light an array of tropes and topics connecting and revitalizing the two forms. It is an engaging study that will, in this area, set the standard for critical works to come." (Fred Botting, Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing, Kingston University, UK)