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Gothic & Romance

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  • The Sappho Companionby Margaret Reynolds

    Random House 2010; US$ 15.98

    Born around 630BC on the Greek island of Lesbos, Sappho is now regarded as the greatest lyrical poet of ancient Greece, ironic and passionate, capturing the troubled depths of love. Her work survives only in fragments, yet her influence extends throughout Western literature, fuelled by the speculations and romances which have gathered around her name,... more...

  • Degeneration, Normativity and the Gothic at the Fin de Siècleby Stephan Karschay

    Palgrave Macmillan 2015; US$ 105.00

    This exciting new study looks at degeneration and deviance in nineteenth-century science and late-Victorian Gothic fiction. The questions it raises are as relevant today as they were at the nineteenth century's fin de siècle : What constitutes the norm from which a deviation has occurred? What exactly does it mean to be 'normal' or 'abnormal'? more...

  • Autobiography and Natural Science in the Age of Romanticismby Bernhard Kuhn

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2009; US$ 124.95

    Bernhard Kuhn's study uncovers a fundamental connection between the autobiographies and scientific writings of Rousseau, Goethe, and Thoreau that refutes the now entrenched thesis of the 'two cultures.' As he examines these three representative writers, Kuhn reveals the scientific character of autobiographical writing while demonstrating... more...

  • Joseph Conrad and the Swan Song of Romanceby Katherine Isobel Baxter

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2009; US$ 124.95

    In the first critical study wholly devoted to Joseph Conrad's use of techniques associated with the literary tradition of romance, Katherine Isobel Baxter argues that Conrad's engagement with the genre invigorated his work throughout his career. Exploring the ways in which Conrad borrows from, alludes to, and subverts the tropes of romance,... more...

  • The Poetics and Politics of the American Gothicby Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2010; US$ 124.95

    Challenging the widely held assumption that gothic literature is mainly about fear, Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet argues that the American Gothic, and gothic literature in general, is also about judgment. Analyzing canonical works by Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Gilman, and James, Monnet persuasively argues that these authors' concerns about slavery,... more...

  • Poetics of Luxury in the Nineteenth Centuryby Professor Betsy Winakur Tontiplaphol

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 124.95

    Beginning with John Keats and tracing a line of influence through Alfred Lord Tennyson and Gerard Manley Hopkins, Tontiplaphol draws on established narratives of the nineteenth century's social and literary developments to describe the relationship between poetics and luxury in an age when imperial trade and domestic consumerism reached a fevered... more...

  • Picturing Scotland through the Waverley Novelsby Richard J. Hill

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2010; US$ 124.95

    Picturing Scotland examines the genesis and production of the first author-approved illustrations for Sir Walter Scott's Waverley novels in Scotland. Richard J. Hill shows that Scott, usually seen as indifferent to the mechanics of publishing, was actually at the forefront of one of the most lucrative publishing trends, the illustrated novel. Informed... more...

  • The Transatlantic Gothic Novel and the Law, 1790?1860by Professor Bridget M Marshall

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 114.95

    Tracing the use of legal themes in the gothic novel, Bridget M. Marshall shows novelists like William Godwin, Mary Shelley, Charles Brockden Brown, and Hannah Crafts questioning the foundations of the Anglo-American justice system. Often invoking actual laws like the Black Act in England or the Fugitive Slave Act in America, gothic novels connect the... more...

  • Historical Romance Fictionby Dr Lisa Fletcher

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 124.95

    Lisa Fletcher moves the debate about the value and appeal of heterosexual romance onto new ground, testing the claims of speech-act and performativity theorists on everything from popular classics by Georgette Heyer, to 'bodice rippers,' to historical fiction by John Fowles and A. S. Byatt. Nominating 'I love you' as the romance novel's... more...

  • Lives of the Sonnet, 1787?1895by Dr Marianne Van Remoortel

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 124.95

    Tracing the development of the sonnet during intense moments of change and stability, continuity and conflict, from the early Romantic period to the end of the nineteenth century, Marianne Van Remoortel pays particular attention to the role of the popular press. As she highlights the intricately related issues of genre and gender, Van Remoortel offers... more...