Alan Moore and the Gothic tradition

Edited by Matthew Green

Alan Moore and the Gothic tradition


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8599-4
  • Pages: 328
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: August 2013
  • BIC Category: LITERARY CRITICISM / Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: from c 1900 -, Literature, Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: c 1900 to c 2000, LITERARY CRITICISM / Gothic & Romance


The first book-length study to address Moore's significance to the Gothic, this volume is also the first to provide in-depth analyses of his spoken-word performances, poetry and prose, as well as his comics and graphic novels.

The essays collected here identify the Gothic tradition as perhaps the most significant cultural context for understanding Moore's work, providing unique insight into its wider social and political dimensions as well as addressing key theoretical issues in Gothic Studies, Comics Studies and Adaptation Studies.

Scholars, students and general readers alike will find fresh insights into Moore's use of horror and terror, homage and parody, plus allusion and adaptation. The international list of contributors includes leading researchers in the field and the studies presented here enhance the understanding of Moore's works while at the same time exploring the ways in which these serve to advance a broader appreciation of Gothic aesthetics.


Part I: Monstrous politics
1. Alan Moore and the Gothic tradition
Matthew J.A. Green
2. 'Soap opera of the paranormal': surreal Englishness and postimperial Gothic in The Bojeffries Saga
Tony Venezia
3. A Gothic politics: Alan Moore's Swamp Thing and radical ecology
Maggie Gray
Part II: Gothic tropes
4. 'Is that you, our Jack?': An anatomy of Alan Moore's doubling strategies
Jochen Ecke
5. 'Nothing ever ends': Facing the apocalypse in Watchmen
Christian W. Schneider
6. Gothic Liminality in V for Vendetta
Markus Oppolzer
Part III: Inheritance and adaptation
7. 'The sleep of reason': Swamp Thing and the intertextual reader
Michael Bradshaw
8. Madness and the City: The collapse of reason and sanity in Alan Moore's From Hell
Monica Germanà
9. 'I fashioned a prison that you could not leave': The Gothic imperative in The Castle of Otranto and 'For the Man Who Has Everything'
Brad Ricca
10. Radical coterie and the idea of sole survival in St Leon, Frankenstein and Watchmen
Claire Sheridan
11. Reincarnating Mina Murray: Subverting the Gothic heroine?
Laura Hilton
Part IV: Art, magic, sex, other
12. 'These are not our Promised Resurrections': Unearthing the uncanny in Alan Moore's A Small Killing, From Hell, and A Disease of Language
Christopher Murray
13. Medium, spirits and embodiment in Voice of the Fire
Julia Round
14. A Darker Magic: Heterocosms and bricolage in Moore's recent reworkings of Lovecraft
Matthew J. A. Green


Matthew J. A. Green is Associate Professor of English at the University of Nottingham

Alan Moore and the Gothic tradition

Edited by Matthew Green

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