Gothic Studies

Gothic Studies is a magazine focusing on Humanities

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 1, May

Gothic Bodies and the Return of the Repressed: The Korean Horror Films of Ahn Byeong-Ki
Within the new Korean cinema that has emerged since the early 1990s, filmmakers have been drawn to genre production as a way of establishing a competitive commercial industry and of engaging with international audiences. In particular, in the film markets...
Hollywood Heroines: Women in Film Noir and the Female Gothic Film
Hollywood Heroines: Women in Film Noir and the Female Gothic Film by Helen Hanson (London and New York: I B Tauris, 2007), ISBN: 1-84511-561-9 pb., £15.99 and ISBN: 1-84511-562-7 hbk., £40.00 hb., 256pp.Hanson's book makes a surprising (and arguably...
'Houses of Voluntary Bondage': Theorizing the Nineteenth-Century Gothic Pharmography
Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract, 1762How came any reasonable being to subject himself to such a yoke of misery, voluntarily to incur a captivity so servile, and knowingly to fetter himself with...
Pictures of Ascent in the Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe
Pictures of Ascent in the Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe. By Douglas Anderson. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 201 pages) ISBN 978-0-230-61943-2A blurb by Stephen Railton on the back cover of Douglas Anderson's Pictures of Ascent in the Fiction of Edgar...
Queering Gothic in the Romantic Age: The Penetrating Eye
Queering Gothic in the Romantic Age: The Penetrating Eye, by Max Fincher (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007), ISBN 978-0-230-00347-7, 205pp., £47hb.In recent years, queer theoretical approaches to Gothic and Romantic studies in literature have opened up important...
Sensibility, the Servant and Comedy in Radcliffe's the Mysteries of Udolpho
In The Popular Novel in England, 1770-1800, J. M. S. Tompkins observes that Ann Radcliffefilled up the background with soubrettes, brigands, ecclesiastics and faithful servants; and all these people develop, in her later books, a power of appropriate...
Sublime Patriarchs and the Problems of the New Middle Class in Ann Radcliffe's the Mysteries of Udolpho and the Italian
IWhen we first meet Emily St Aubert, the heroine of The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794), we learn thatShe had discovered in her early years uncommon delicacy of mind, warm affections, and ready benevolence; but with these was observable a degree of susceptibility...
The Female Gothic: New Directions
The Female Gothic: New Directions. Edited by Diana Wallace and Andrew Smith. (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2009. 240 pages, $74.95). ISBN 978-0-230-22271-7.Is there a "Female Gothic"? And, if so, what are its generic boundaries? Since the early 1990s...
The House and the City: Melodrama, Mystery, and the Nightmare of History in Jessie Fauset's Plum Bun
IPublished during the Harlem (or 'Negro') Renaissance, Plum Bun (1929) has been praised as Jessie Fauset's best and most ambitious novel, and yet there is a thematic conflict at its core. Fauset claimed to have written A Novel Without a Moral (Plum Bun's...
The Orders of Gothic: Foucault, Lacan, and the Subject of Gothic Writing, 1764-1820
The Orders of Gothic: Foucault, Lacan, and the Subject of Gothic Writing, 1764-1820, by Dale Townshend (New York: AMS Press, 2007), ISBN-13: 978-0-404- 64854-1, 365pp. + x., £74.50hb.We are now in a period where many literary scholars are avoiding, as...
The Problem of 'Evil' in Elizabeth Gaskell's Gothic Tales
Elizabeth Gaskell is best-known as a mid-nineteenth-century novelist of social realism, but in recent years critical attention has turned towards her short fiction, and in particular to the Gothic tales which she wrote for popular Victorian periodicals....
The 'Uncomfortable Houses' of Charlotte Riddell and Margaret Oliphant
Within the genre of supernatural literature, there is perhaps no other more recognizable trope than that of the haunted house. John H. Ingram, in the Preface to his popular The Haunted Homes and Family Traditions of Great Britain (1884), admitted that...
Unsettled Remains: Canadian Literature and the Postcolonial Gothic
Unsettled Remains: Canadian Literature and the Postcolonial Gothic. Edited by Cynthia Sugars and Gerry Turcotte. (Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2009. 312 pages, $38.95). ISBN 978-1-55458-0545Unsettled Remains is not the first book in...