Gothic Studies

Gothic Studies is a magazine focusing on Humanities

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 1, May

Anti-Semitism and British Gothic Literature
Anti-Semitism and British Gothic Literature by Carol Margaret Davison (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmilan, 2004), ISBN: 0-333-92951-9, 227 pp., £47.50 hb.Though Gothic fiction often explores questions of gender, sexuality, class, and race, the...
Black Venice: Conspiracy and Narrative Masquerade in Schiller, Zschokke, Lewis and Hoffmann
Recent writings on Venice as a set of signs have emphasised long-standing paradoxes in its literary representation. These are both synchronic and historical. The city is the site of several types of inversion of value for writers before Romanticism proper....
Bloodscripts: Writing the Violent Subject
Bloodscripts: Writing the Violent Subject by Elena Gomel (Columbus: The Ohio State UP, 2003), ISBN: 0 8142 5119 6, xlvii + 234, £15.50, pb.It is a truism that our culture has become more violent, and even when statistics tell us that violent crime rates...
From Gothic Italy to Italy as Gothic Archive: Italian Narratives and the Late Romantic Metrical Tale
In the conclusion to his extensive and authoritative Classic Tour through Italy (1813), the traveller John Chetwode Eustace introduced a discussion of the Italian national character. Invoking an essentially appreciative and laudatory image of Italy -...
Giants of the Past: Popular Fictions and the Idea of Evolution
Giants of the Past: Popular Fictions and the Idea of Evolution by Lisa Hopkins (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2004), ISBN: 0838755763, 201pp., $42.50 hb.Lisa Hopkins' Giants of the Past is an entertaining and informative account of the chequered...
Gothic and Gender: An Introduction
Gothic and Gender: An Introduction by Donna Heiland (Malden, MA and Oxford: Blackwell, 2004), ISBN: 0 631 20050 9, 222 pp., £17.99 pb.To call this book 'an introduction' is something of a misnomer since it does not really offer the kind of general survey...
Gothic Ireland: Horror and the Irish Anglican Imagination in the Long Eighteenth Century
Gothic Ireland: Horror and the Irish Anglican Imagination in the Long Eighteenth Century by Jarlath Killeen (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005), ISBN: 1-85182-943- 1, 240 pp., $65 hb.In Gothic Ireland, Jarlath Killeen sets out to study the discourse and...
'Her Lovely Arm a Little Bloody': Richardson's Gothic Bodies
Gothic Italy was essentially an imaginary Italy.Kenneth Churchill1Samuel Richardson's The History of Sir Charles Grandison (1753-54) begins with two categories firmly established. The most obvious is Richardson's division of the 'Names of the Principal...
Horace in Italy: Discovering a Gothic Imagination
Long after publishing The Castle of Otranto,Walpole would confess to Sir William Hamilton that he had chosen the name 'Otranto' by looking at a map of Naples. The word was 'well-sounding', suitable for his Gothic story. Otranto exists, but Walpole had...
Horror Film: Creating and Marketing Fear
Horror Film: Creating and Marketing Fear edited by Steffen Hantke (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2004), ISBN: 1-57806-692-1, 261pp., £28 hb.Deploying a range of methodologically and theoretically divergent approaches, ranging from the structuralist...
Italy and the Gothic
It would not be an exaggeration to argue that, without Italy, the development of the Gothic Novel would have been very different. Italy was a major source of inspiration for the late eighteenth-century British Gothic novelists.More than France, Spain...
John Moore, Ann Radcliffe and the Gothic Vision of Italy
Ann Radcliffe never visited Italy; she didn't need to. The contemporary popularity of travel writing as a genre and Italy as a destination ensured that any poorlytravelled novelists writing in the last quarter of the eighteenth century would have had...
The Animated Skeleton
The Animated Skeleton by Anonymous (Seattle: Valancourt Books, 2005), ISBN: 0-9766046-0-9, 122 pp., $12.95; The Castle of Ollada by Francis Lathom (Seattle: Valancourt Books, 2005), ISBN: 0-9766048-2-5, 194 pp., $13.95; Gondez the Monk, by William-Henry...
The Haunted Landscape: Folklore, Ghosts and Legends of Wiltshire
The Haunted Landscape: Folklore, Ghosts and Legends of Wiltshire by Katy Jordan (Bradford-on-Avon: Ex Libris Press, 2000), ISBN: 1903341086, 221pp., £9.95 pb.Regional guides to supernatural occurrences and uncanny legends have proliferated over the past...
Victorian Demons: Medicine, Masculinity and the Gothic at the Fin De Siècle
Victorian Demons: Medicine, Masculinity and the Gothic at the Fin de Siècle by Andrew Smith (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2004), ISBN: 0-7190-6357-4, vi + 191pp., £14.99 pb.It might seem, until one reads this book, that its subject...