Provides a scholarly account of the striking interplay between the Gothic and theory over two-and-a-half centuries
This collection provides a thorough representation of the early and ongoing conversation between Gothic and theory - philosophical, aesthetic, psychological and cultural - both in the many modes of Gothic and in many of the realms of theory now current in the modern world. Each essay focuses on a particular kind of theory-Gothic relationship, every one of which has a history and each of which is still being explored in enactments of the Gothic and of theory today.
- Provides the first detailed discussion of the interrelationship between literary theory and the Gothic from the inception of the Gothic to the present day
- Enables students to connect what otherwise seem a wide variety of diverse phenomena, from the rise of philosophical 'emotivism' to poetic tales of terror and Gothic film
- Advances current scholarly investigation, by invigorating debates within both Gothic studies and literary theory.
- Makes connections between a wide variety of issues, from eco-crisis and contemporary culture wars to the persistent problem of the 'other'
About the Author
Jerrold E. Hogle is Professor of English and University Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona in the USA and Past President of the International Gothic Association. His published books include Shelley's Process (1988), The Undergrounds of The Phantom of the Opera (2002), and both The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction and The Cambridge Companion to the Modern Gothic. Robert Miles is Professor of English at the University of Victoria in British Columbia and Past President of the International Gothic Association. His published books include Gothic Writing 1750-1820: A Genealogy (1993), Ann Radcliffe: The Great Enchantress (1995), and Romantic Misfits (2008). He is the co-editor, with E.J. Clery, of Gothic Documents: A Sourcebook 1700-1820 (2000).