Gothic Literature

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Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 12: Global Voices, Global Histories: World Literatures and Cultures.

The word “Gothic”, for some readers at least, conjures images of the Ostrogoths and Visigoths, barbaric hordes marauding across Europe on horseback during the Dark Ages after the fall of Classical Rome, destroying and plundering whatever crosses their path. On a more specific, and darkly Romantic note - perhaps in tune with 19th-century attitudes that somewhat paradoxically mixed the cult of death with a fresher and healthier love of romance - the word inspires us to think of vampires, werewolves, ghosts, damsels in distress, cemetery scenes, and masked villains who, though villainous, have a fine sense for fashion. In a pop-cultural context, emerging in …

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Sucur, Slobodan. "Gothic Literature". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 May 2007
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