Gothic Literature: A Gale Critical Companion, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1414404867
  • ISBN-13: 9781414404868
  • DDC: 820.911
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 1703 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2006 | Published/Released March 2006
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2006

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Gothic Literature is the fourth set in the Gale Critical Companion Collection, the series that provides a broad contextual understanding of topics and movements in literature and the humanities. This exciting three-volume set spans all facets of the gothic, including visual and performing arts, society and culture, themes and settings and much more.

Authors covered include:

  • Margaret Atwood
  • Angela Carter
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Washington Irving
  • Stephen King
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • Bram Stoker
  • Oscar Wilde
  • A many others

Complete with primary source documents and critical material to provide contextual perspective, a related chronology of key events, full-text commentaries, lists of further readings and many other extras, this new set benefits everyone from students doing gothic research to the general gothic fiction reader.

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Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 0787694703 | ISBN-13: 9780787694708


"In this three-volume reference, essays are contained in volume 1, and AZ entries on the writers of Gothic literature are found in volumes 2-3. The essays (not signed) are written in a style accessible to high school and beginning undergraduates. Topics include an overview of Gothic literature, Gothic themes, performing arts, and visual arts. In addition to describing the painters and architects of the Gothic Revival (which corresponds to the era of Gothic literature found in vols. 2-3), the essay on the visual arts also includes lengthy discussion of the architecture, sculpture, and workshops of the actual Gothic period of the 12-14th century; however, it is accompanied by only one illustration. Among the authors featured in vols. 2-3 are Margaret Atwood, Wilkie Collins, Goethe, James Hogg, Toni Morrison, Bram Stoker, and Edith Wharton. A number of sidebars describe significant works or figures. Some of the content is excerpted from previously published secondary literature." --Reference & Research Book News, May 2006

— Reference & Research Book News

"this is a fabulous resource - one that all university libraries should order." --Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 2007

— Daniel Boice

"The well-selected essays will be highly useful to older students. A solid, purchase of permanent value for schools with demand for literary criticism. Highly recommended." --PSLA, May 2007

— Daniel Boice

"Students working on the "supernatural" fiction of any of the authors will find this a treasury, and so it is recommended to academic libraries who have a call for such a tool"-Daniel Boice

— Daniel Boice

"This collection of literary criticism is one of four titles currently available in the Gale Critical Companion Collection series, complementing Gale's Literary Criticism Series by adding primary sources, illustrations, and chronologies. The intended audience is college undergraduates, and perhaps motivated high school students. The same content is available as an e-book, reflecting the habits of some readers. The approach is interdisciplinary, providing social and historical viewpoints as well as literary commentary." --ARBA, March 2007

— Daniel Boice

"The inclusion of primary materials and essays distinguishes Gothic Literature." -- Booklist, July 2006

— Daniel Boice