Gothic writing 1750-1820

A genealogy

By Robert Miles

Gothic writing 1750-1820

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6009-0
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: May 2002
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900, Classic Horror & Ghost Stories, LITERARY CRITICISM / Gothic & Romance, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century, Gothic, Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900, Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Romanticism, Literature


Now available again in paperback, this provocative study by Robert Miles uses the tools of modern literary theory and criticism to analyse this very distinctive body of texts. Miles introduces the reader to contexts of Gothic in the eigteenth century including its historical development and its placement within the period's concerns with discourse and gender.

By using texts ranging from sensational novels such as The Monk and The Mysteries of Udolpho, poetic variations on Gothic by Coleridge, Shelley and Keats, to satirical works on the theme by Jane Austen, Miles presents an intriguing overview of Gothic literature. By drawing extensively on the ideas of Michel Foucault to establish a genealogy he brings Gothic writing in from the margins of 'popular fiction', resituating it at the centre of debate about Romanticism.


Introduction: What is Gothic?
1. Historicizing the Gothic
2. The Gothic as discourse
3. The hygienic self: gender in the Gothic
4. Narratives of nurture
5. Narratives of descent
6. Radcliffe and interiority: towards the making of The Mysteries of Udolpho
7. Horrid shadows: the Gothic in Northanger Abbey
8. Avatars of Matthew Lewis's The Monk: Ann Radcliffe's The Italian and Charlotte Dacre's Zofloya: Or, The Moor
9. The poetic tale of terror: Christabel, The Eve of St Agnes and Lamia
Conclusion: Lees Kruitzner and Byrons Werner


Robert Miles is Professor of English at the University of Victoria, Canada

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