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The Gothic Novel 1790--1830

The Gothic Novel 1790--1830: Plot Summaries and Index to Motifs

Copyright Date: 1981
Pages: 224
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    The Gothic Novel 1790--1830
    Book Description:

    A research guide for specialists in the Gothic novel, the Romantic movement, the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novel, and popular culture, this work contains summaries of more than two hundred novels, reputed to be Gothic, published in English between 1790 and 1830. Also included are indexes of titles and characters and an extensive index of characteristic objects, motifs, and themes that recur in the novels -- such as corpses, bloody and otherwise, dungeons, secret passageways, filicide, fratricide, infanticide, matricide, patricide, and suicide.

    The novels described, including those by such writers as Charlotte Dacre, Louisa Sidney Stanhope, Regina Maria Roche, Charles Maturin, and Mary Shelley, are for the most part out of print and circulation and are unavailable except in rare book rooms. Thus this book provides the researcher with ready access to information that would otherwise be difficult to obtain.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-6479-3
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. Introduction
    (pp. 1-12)

    After a deceptively modest beginning in the 1760s, Gothic fiction had by the nineties acquired such vigor and momentum as to carry it three decades into the nineteenth century. What we now rather loosely describe as Gothic motifs and plots invaded the brief literary sketch and the five-volume novel, the chapbook and Dr. Nathan Drake'sLiterary Hours, drama and verse. Gothicism crept into the libraries of men of letters (Wordsworth anathematized the novels and Coleridge reviewed them), into the heads of the coming generation (Macaulay and Thackery seem never quite to have lost the taste), and, judging by a fine...

  5. Summaries
    (pp. 13-194)

    Students of the Gothic will at once recognize that the synopses which follow represent a very small portion of the Gothic novels published between 1790 and 1830, or thereabouts, and will inevitably lament the exclusion of some title or wonder at the inclusion of a novel that seems not to be Gothic at all. My guiding principle was to produce the reference work that I sorely needed, and did not have, when I began my Gothic research some years ago. Wishing at that time to read a great many of the more lurid Gothics, preferably ones with demons and other...

  6. Index to Motifs
    (pp. 195-205)
  7. Index of Characters
    (pp. 206-213)
  8. Index of Titles
    (pp. 214-216)