Forthcoming Books of Gothic interest

Posted by Dale Townshend on September 19, 2009 in News tagged with

Forthcoming Books 

Product descriptions taken from Amazon UK

 (A list of recently published books will follow soon)

Arias, Rosario and Patricia Pulham, Haunting and Spectrality in Neo-Victorian Fiction.  Palgrave.


Neo-Victorianism is now widely accepted as one of the most engaging forms of historical interplay in contemporary culture. This is the first book to offer a thorough examination of neo-Victorian fiction in the context of haunting and spectrality. Acknowledged as a fruitful area of research in recent critical theory, this trope provides both the organizing principle of the volume and a metaphor for contemporary re-imaginings of the Victorian past, which parallel a renewed interest in the impact of the occult and the supernatural on Victorian individuals. By looking at the encrypted spectral traces of the Victorian past in the work of writers such as Salley Vickers, Michael Faber, Valerie Martin, Michele Roberts, Sarah Waters, A. N. Wilson, Joyce Carol Oates, John Harwood, Jem Poster, Charles Palliser, Iain Sinclair, Peter Ackroyd, Matthew Kneale and Clare Clark, this highly readable collection advances the increasing critical discussion of neo-Victorian literature.


Castricano, Jodey, The Gothic and Psychoanalysis, Literature and Film. University of Wales Press.


This book explores the influence of nineteenth-century spiritualism on the rise and practice of psychoanalysis. It demonstrates the curious affinity between the new science of the mind and Gothic fiction and film in which telepathy, hypnosis, dreaming, automatism and somnambulism can be read as metaphors for social and cultural anxieties regarding the ‘occult’ status of the mind in the face of speculations about the discovery of unconscious mental activities.


Desmet, Christy, and Anne Williams. Shakespearian Gothic. University of Wales Press.


Kandola, Sondeep. Gothic Britain: Nation and Race, Bulture and Criticism, 1707-1897. Manchester University Press.


This book looks at how the four home nations were critiqued and constructed by nationalist movements over two centuries. It provides an original interdisciplinary scholarship looks at how both the British nation state came into being. It looks at a plethora of Celtic and Gothic literature, as well as political tracts, ethnographic studies and art history to show how our modern notion of the Humanities was formed. It provides a history of the cultural formation of the British state, illustrating it through the lens of the four separate nations. It recovers critically neglected authors, Richard Hurd, Arthur Machen, Anne Radcliffe and particularly, Vernon Lee.


Rudd, Alison, Postcolonial Gothic Fictions from the Caribbean, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. University of Wales Press.


Explores post colonial Gothic in four different locations and provides a comparative analysis of the way in which the Gothic has enabled post colonial writers to express the anxieties of post colonial experience and the traumatic legacies of colonialism through novels, short post colonial and poetry.


Smith, Andrew, and Diana Wallace, The Female Gothic. Palgrave.


This rich and varied collection of essays makes a timely contribution to critical debates about the Female Gothic, a popular but contested area of literary studies. The contributors revisit key Gothic themes – gender, race, the body, monstrosity, metaphor and motherhood – to open up new directions for criticism, while two essays on Scottish and Welsh Gothic represent the latest work in these new areas. Writers discussed range from central figures such as Ann Radcliffe, Charlotte BrontA", and Angela Carter, and neglected figures like the authors of the ‘Northanger novels’, to writers who are rarely discussed as ‘Gothic’ such as Iris Murdoch, Toni Morrison and Iain Banks. An Introduction surveying criticism on the Female Gothic and an essay on the institutionalisation of Gothic Studies provide invaluable contextualisation. Contributors: Kirsti Bohata, Carol Margaret Davison, Lauren Fitzgerald, Anya Heise-von der Lippe, Avril Horner, Alison Milbank, Robert Miles, Meredith Miller, Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Andrew Smith, Diana Wallace, Angela Wright, Sue Zlosnik.


Talairach-Vielmas, Laurence. Wilkie Collins, Medicine and the Gothic. University of Wales Press.


This book examines how Wilkie Collins s interest in medical matters developed through his writing through exploration of his revisions of the late eighteenth-century Gothic novel from his first sensation novels to his last novels of the 1880s. Throughout his career, Collins made changes in the prototypical Gothic scenario. The aristocratic villains, victimized maidens and medieval castles of classic Gothic tales were reworked and adapted to thrill his Victorian readership. With the advances of neuroscience and the development of criminology as a significant backdrop to most of his novels, Collins drew upon contemporary anxieties and increasingly used the medical to propel his criminal plots. While the prototypical castles were turned into modern medical institutions, his heroines no longer feared ghosts but the scientist s knife. This study hence underlines the way in which Collins s Gothic revisions increasingly tackled medical questions, using the medical terrain to capitalize on the readers fears. It also demonstrates how Wilkie Collins s fiction reworks Gothic themes and presents them through the prism of contemporary scientific, medical and psychological discourses, from debates revolving around mental physiology to those dealing with heredity and transmission. The book s structure is chronological covering a selection of texts in each chapter, with a balance between discussion of the more canonical of Collins s texts such as The Woman in White, The Moonstone and Armadale and some of his more neglected writings.

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