The Gothic and death

their extremity and extremities, while also dramatising ancestral, familial, and textual forms as destructive and death-bringing. But while Byron deploys the Gothic in the language, setting, and atmosphere of The Prisoner of Chillon, ...

Author: Carol Davison

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526107923

Category: Literary Criticism

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The Gothic and death offers the first ever published study devoted to the subject of the Gothic and death across the centuries. It investigates how the multifarious strands of the Gothic and the concepts of death, dying, mourning and memorialisation ('the Death Question') - have intersected and been configured cross-culturally to diverse ends from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day. Drawing on recent scholarship in such fields as Gothic Studies, film theory, Women's and Gender Studies and Thanatology Studies, this interdisciplinary collection of fifteen essays by international scholars combines an attention to socio-historical and cultural contexts with a rigorous close reading of works, both classic and lesser known. This area of enquiry is considered by way of such popular and uncanny figures as corpses, ghosts, zombies and vampires, and across various cultural and literary forms such as Graveyard Poetry, Romantic poetry, Victorian literature, nineteenth-century Italian and Russian literature, Anglo-American film and television, contemporary Young Adult fiction and Bollywood film noir.

The Gothic and Death

Drawing on recent scholarship in such fields as Gothic Studies, film theory, Women's and Gender Studies and Thanatology Studies, this interdisciplinary collection of fifteen essays by international scholars combines an attention to socio ...

Author: Carol Margaret Davison

Publisher:

ISBN: 152612405X

Category: Death in literature

Page: 240

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"The Gothic and death offers the first ever published study devoted to the subject of the Gothic and death across the centuries. It investigates how the multifarious strands of the Gothic and the concepts of death, dying, mourning and memorialisation ('the Death Question') - have intersected and been configured cross-culturally to diverse ends from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day. Drawing on recent scholarship in such fields as Gothic Studies, film theory, Women's and Gender Studies and Thanatology Studies, this interdisciplinary collection of fifteen essays by international scholars combines an attention to socio-historical and cultural contexts with a rigorous close reading of works, both classic and lesser known. This area of enquiry is considered by way of such popular and uncanny figures as corpses, ghosts, zombies and vampires, and across various cultural and literary forms such as Graveyard Poetry, Romantic poetry, Victorian literature, nineteenth-century Italian and Russian literature, Anglo-American film and television, contemporary Young Adult fiction and Bollywood film noir."--Publisher.

Sex and Death in Eighteenth Century Literature

This book discusses sex and death in the eighteenth-century, an era that among other forms produced the Gothic novel, commencing the prolific examination of the century’s shifting attitudes toward death and uncovering literary moments in ...

Author: Jolene Zigarovich

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136182365

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

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This book discusses sex and death in the eighteenth-century, an era that among other forms produced the Gothic novel, commencing the prolific examination of the century’s shifting attitudes toward death and uncovering literary moments in which sexuality and death often conjoined. By bringing together various viewpoints and historical relations, the volume contributes to an emerging field of study and provides new perspectives on the ways in which the century approached an increasingly modern sense of sexuality and mortality. It not only provides part of the needed discussion of the relationship between sex, death, history, and eighteenth-century culture, but is a forum in which the ideas of several well-respected critics converge, producing a breadth of knowledge and a diversity of perspectives and methodologies previously unseen. As the contributors demonstrate, eighteenth-century anxieties over mortality, the body, the soul, and the corpse inspired many writers of the time to both implicitly and explicitly embed mortality and sexuality within their works. By depicting the necrophilic tendencies of libertines and rapacious villains, the fetishizing of death and mourning by virtuous heroines, or the fantasy of preserving the body, these authors demonstrate not only the tragic results of sexual play, but the persistent fantasy of necro-erotica. This book shows that within the eighteenth-century culture of profound modern change, underworkings of death and mourning are often eroticized; that sex is often equated with death (as punishment, or loss of the self); and that the sex-death dialectic lies at the discursive center of normative conceptions of gender, desire, and social power.

Gothic Utterance

Gothic Utterance is the first book-length study of the role played by such voices in the Gothic tradition, exploring their prominence and importance in the American literature produced between the Revolutionary War and the close of the ...

Author: Jimmy Packham

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 9781786837561

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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The Gothic has always been interested in strange utterances and unsettling voices – from half-heard ghostly murmurings and the admonitions of the dead, to the terrible cries of the monstrous nonhuman. Gothic Utterance is the first book-length study of the role played by such voices in the Gothic tradition, exploring their prominence and importance in the American literature produced between the Revolutionary War and the close of the nineteenth century. The book argues that the American Gothic foregrounds the overpowering affect and distressing significations of the voices of the dead, dying, abjected, marginalised or nonhuman, in order to undertake a sustained interrogation of what it means to be and speak as an American in this period. The American Gothic imagines new forms of relation between speaking subjects, positing more inclusive and expansive kinds of community, while also emphasising the ethical demands attending our encounters with Gothic voices. The Gothic suggests that how we choose to hear and respond to these voices says much about our relationship with the world around us, its inhabitants – dead or otherwise – and the limits of our own subjectivity and empathy.

Gothic death 1740 1914

The inward turn is now truly Gothic and the cultural imperative from here is how to find the language that will make sense of what this new discourse about death entails. This chapter has charted the different ways Dickens explored ...

Author: Andrew Smith

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526101082

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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Gothic death 1740-1914 explores the representations of death and dying in Gothic narratives published between the mid-eighteenth century and the beginning of the First World War. The book investigates how eighteenth century Graveyard Poetry and the tradition of the elegy produced a version of death that underpinned ideas about empathy and models of textual composition. Later accounts of melancholy, as in the work of Ann Radcliffe and Mary Shelley, emphasise the literary construction of death. The shift from writing death to interpreting the signs of death is explored in relation to the work of Poe, Emily Brontë and George Eliot. A chapter on Dickens examines the significance of graves and capital punishment during the period. A chapter on Haggard, Stoker and Wilde explores conjunctions between love and death and a final chapter on Machen and Stoker explores how scientific ideas of the period help to contextualise a specifically fin de siècle model of death.

Gothic Literature

The book ends with a Conclusion outlining possible future developments within scholarship on the Gothic.

Author: Andrew Smith

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748647439

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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New edition of bestselling introductory text outlining the history and ways of reading Gothic literatureThis revised edition includes:* A new chapter on Contemporary Gothic which explores the Gothic of the early twenty first century and looks at new critical developments* An updated Bibliography of critical sources and a revised Chronology The book opens with a Chronology and an Introduction to the principal texts and key critical terms, followed by five chapters: The Gothic Heyday 1760-1820; Gothic 1820-1865; Gothic Proximities 1865-1900; Twentieth Century; and Contemporary Gothic. The discussion examines how the Gothic has developed in different national contexts and in different forms, including novels, novellas, poems, films, radio and television. Each chapter concludes with a close reading of a specific text - Frankenstein, Jane Eyre, Dracula, The Silence of the Lambs and The Historian - to illustrate ways in which contextual discussion informs critical analysis. The book ends with a Conclusion outlining possible future developments within scholarship on the Gothic.

Suicide and the Gothic

Suicide and the Gothic is the first study of the representation of suicide in Gothic texts from the eighteenth century to the present.

Author: William Hughes

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526120106

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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Suicide and the Gothic is the first study of the representation of suicide in Gothic texts from the eighteenth century to the present. Poems, short stories, novels, films and video games are covered from European, American and Asian contexts.

New Directions in 21st Century Gothic

This book brings together a carefully selected range of contemporary disciplinary approaches to new areas of Gothic inquiry.

Author: Lorna Piatti-Farnell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317609025

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 238

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This book brings together a carefully selected range of contemporary disciplinary approaches to new areas of Gothic inquiry. Moving beyond the representational and historically based aspects of literature and film that have dominated Gothic studies, this volume both acknowledges the contemporary diversification of Gothic scholarship and maps its changing and mutating incarnations. Drawing strength from their fascinating diversity, and points of correlation, the varied perspectives and subject areas cohere around a number of core themes — of re-evaluation, discovery, and convergence — to reveal emerging trends and new directions in Gothic scholarship. Visiting fascinating areas including the Gothic and digital realities, uncanny food experiences, representations of death and the public media, Gothic creatures and their popular legacies, new approaches to contemporary Gothic literature, and re-evaluations of the Gothic mode through regional narratives, essays reveal many patterns and intersecting approaches, forcefully testifying to the multifaceted, although lucidly coherent, nature of Gothic studies in the 21st Century. The multiple disciplines represented — from digital inquiry to food studies, from fine art to dramaturgy — engage with the Gothic in order to offer new definitions and methodological approaches to Gothic scholarship. The interdisciplinary, transnational focus of this volume provides exciting new insights into, and expanded and revitalised definitions of, the Gothic and its related fields.

Gothic Topographies

In demonstrating the global reach of Gothic literatures, this collection takes up the influence of the Gothic mode in literatures that may be geographically remote from one another but still share related issues of minor languages, nation ...

Author: Matti Savolainen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317126041

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 258

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In demonstrating the global reach of Gothic literatures, this collection takes up the influence of the Gothic mode in literatures that may be geographically remote from one another but still share related issues of minor languages, nation building, place and race. Suggesting that there is a parallel between certain motifs and themes found in the Gothic of the North (Scandinavia, Northern Europe and Canada) and South (Australia, South Africa and the US South), the essays explore the transgressions and confusion of borders and limits, whether they be linguistic, literary, generic, class-based, gendered or sexual. The volume includes essays on a wide diversity of authors and topics: Jan Potocki, Gustav Meyrink, William Godwin, Alan Hollinghurst, Marlene van Niekerk, John Richardson, antislavery discourse and the Gothic imagination, the Australian aboriginal Gothic, vampires of Post-Soviet Gothic society, Danish, Swedish and Finnish fiction and film, and the Canadian female Gothic and the death drive. What distinguishes this book from other collections on the Gothic is the coverage of themes and literatures that are either lacking in the mainstream research on the Gothic or are referred to only briefly in other book-length studies. Experts in the Gothic and those new to the field will appreciate the book's commitment to situating Gothic sensibilities in an international context.

Poetic Meditations on Death

An anthology of graveyard poetry that is designed to make available to students of English language literature this once popular but now rather obscure genre of eighteenth-century verse.

Author: Evert Van Leeuwen

Publisher:

ISBN: 0773442650

Category: History

Page: 340

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War Gothic in Literature and Culture

Ryder wrote that “This fact [of the man's death] formed a cloud over my mind that I could not throw off, and 'The Race Track' is the result” (Sherman 47–48). The “cloud over my mind” that Ryder's describes in his retelling of a friend's ...

Author: Steffen Hantke

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317383246

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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In the context of the current explosion of interest in Gothic literature and popular culture, this interdisciplinary collection of essays explores for the first time the rich and long-standing relationship between war and the Gothic. Critics have described the global Seven Year’s War as the "crucible" from which the Gothic genre emerged in the eighteenth century. Since then, the Gothic has been a privileged mode for representing violence and extreme emotions and situations. Covering the period from the American Civil War to the War on Terror, this collection examines how the Gothic has provided writers an indispensable toolbox for narrating, critiquing, and representing real and fictional wars. The book also sheds light on the overlap and complicity between Gothic aesthetics and certain aspects of military experience, including the bodily violation and mental dissolution of combat, the dehumanization of "others," psychic numbing, masculinity in crisis, and the subjective experience of trauma and memory. Engaging with popular forms such as young adult literature, gaming, and comic books, as well as literature, film, and visual art, War Gothic provides an important and timely overview of war-themed Gothic art and narrative by respected experts in the field of Gothic Studies. This book makes important contributions to the fields of Gothic Literature, War Literature, Popular Culture, American Studies, and Film, Television & Media.

Modern Literature and the Death Penalty 1890 1950

This book examines how the cultural and ethical power of literature allowed writers and readers to reflect on the practice of capital punishment in the UK, Ireland and the US between 1890 and 1950.

Author: Katherine Ebury

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 3030527492

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 282

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This book examines how the cultural and ethical power of literature allowed writers and readers to reflect on the practice of capital punishment in the UK, Ireland and the US between 1890 and 1950. It explores how connections between ‘high’ and ‘popular’ culture seem particularly inextricable where the death penalty is at stake, analysing a range of forms including major works of canonical literature, detective fiction, plays, polemics, criminological and psychoanalytic tracts and letters and memoirs. The book addresses conceptual understandings of the modern death penalty, including themes such as confession, the gothic, life-writing and the human-animal binary. It also discusses the role of conflict in shaping the representation of capital punishment, including chapters on the Easter Rising, on World War I, on colonial and quasi-colonial conflict and on World War II. Ebury’s overall approach aims to improve our understanding of the centrality of the death penalty and the role it played in major twentieth century literary movements and historical events.

The Palgrave Handbook of Steam Age Gothic

This volume explores the period through the prism of architectural history, urban studies, feminism, 'hauntology' and much more. 'Horror', as Poe teaches us, 'is the soul of the plot'.

Author: Clive Bloom

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030408664

Category: Social Science

Page: 867

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By the early 1830s the old school of Gothic literature was exhausted. Late Romanticism, emphasising as it did the uncertainties of personality and imagination, gave it a new lease of life. Gothic—the literature of disturbance and uncertainty—now produced works that reflected domestic fears, sexual crimes, drug filled hallucinations, the terrible secrets of middle class marriage, imperial horror at alien invasion, occult demonism and the insanity of psychopaths. It was from the 1830s onwards that the old gothic castle gave way to the country house drawing room, the dungeon was displaced by the sewers of the city and the villains of early novels became the familiar figures of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Dracula, Dorian Grey and Jack the Ripper. After the death of Prince Albert (1861), the Gothic became darker, more morbid, obsessed with demonic lovers, blood sucking ghouls, blood stained murderers and deranged doctors. Whilst the gothic architecture of the Houses of Parliament and the new Puginesque churches upheld a Victorian ideal of sobriety, Christianity and imperial destiny, Gothic literature filed these new spaces with a dread that spread like a plague to America, France, Germany and even Russia. From 1830 to 1914, the period covered by this volume, we saw the emergence of the greats of Gothic literature and the supernatural from Edgar Allan Poe to Emily Bronte, from Sheridan Le Fanu to Bram Stoker and Robert Louis Stevenson. Contributors also examine the fin-de-siècle dreamers of decadence such as Arthur Machen, M P Shiel and Vernon Lee and their obsession with the occult, folklore, spiritualism, revenants, ghostly apparitions and cosmic annihilation. This volume explores the period through the prism of architectural history, urban studies, feminism, 'hauntology' and much more. 'Horror', as Poe teaches us, 'is the soul of the plot'.

Death Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Adolescent Literature

In accordance withtheGothic genre's tendency to “dramatize uncertainty and conflictsof the individualsubjectin relation toa difficult social situation” (Jackson97), itexplores an adolescent boy's grief over his younger sister's death.

Author: Kathryn James

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135891183

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 220

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Knowledge about carnality and its limits provides the agenda for much of the fiction written for adolescent readers today, yet there exists little critical engagement with the ways in which it has been represented in the young adult novel in either discursive, ideological, or rhetorical forms. Death, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Adolescent Literature is a pioneering study that addresses these methodological and contextual gaps. Focusing on texts produced since the late-1980s, and drawing on a range of theoretical perspectives, Kathryn James shows how representations of death in young adult literature are invariably associated with issues of sexuality, gender, and power. Under particular scrutiny are the trope of woman/death, the eroticizing and sexualizing of death, and the ways in which the gendered subject is represented in dialogue with the processes of death, dying, and grief. Through close readings of historical literature, fantasy fictions, realistic novels, dead-narrator tales, and texts from genres including Gothic, horror, and post-disaster, James reveals not only how cultural discourses influence and are influenced by literary works, but how relevant the study of death is to adolescent fiction--the literature of "becoming."

Victorian Gothic Volume 1 The Uncanny Death of Katherine Kramer

It is December 1888.

Author: D. R. Miller

Publisher: D.R. Miller

ISBN: 1914078179

Category: Fiction

Page: 380

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Told through an assortment of letters, diary entries and clippings, Katherine Kramer falls ill after cutting herself on a strange book. Despite a desperate attempt to save her by her husband Richard, a professor of medicine, and his friend and colleague Charlie Bentwith, Katherine dies in horrific circumstances. When Charlie's wife Constance falls ill in similar circumstances, the two friends are plunged into a murky underground world of witchcraft and esoterica, far removed from the science they know and trust. With the London press wondering whether the Ripper has returned, the friends must race against time to save Constance and avenge Katherine's death. An assortment of letters, diary entries and clippings were unearthed in an attic in the early 20th century. They were painstakingly pieced together by an anonymous family member to tell this strange tale from late Victorian London. Now, nearly a century later, these sensational papers have come into the author's possession and have been printed for the first time. The papers tell the untold story of Katherine Kramer, who fell ill and died in horrific fashion after an innocuous injury. But stranger still is the story which followed, how her husband Richard was plunged into a murky world of witchcraft, esoterica and secret societies. Unsure who to trust, the stakes could not be higher as Richard, a man of science and medicine, along with his friend and colleague Charles Bent with, race against time to save not only themselves but also the family and friends they hold dear.

Handbook for the Dead

This is a simple 120 page lined notebook journal or diary for those in touch with their dark side.

Author: Bucketofham Notebooks & Journals

Publisher:

ISBN: 1709028726

Category:

Page: 122

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This is a simple 120 page lined notebook journal or diary for those in touch with their dark side. Great for school use, writing notes, classwork or homework, school exercises, and more. Also for persoanl use, such as diary logs, journaling, literature practice, log book, shopping lists, planner, or anything else you could possible need a lined notebook for. Perfect for school, whether it's elementary, middle school, high school, college or university. Use this note book for new semesters, new classes, new projects, etc. Also a great gift for kids, young adults, men, women, boys or girls. Suitable for birthday gifts, holiday gifts or just simple whatever gifts. 120 page lined notebook in Goth theme. 6x9 inches matte finish.

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

A.D. 366 , the cause of the Gothic war . 374 367—369 , hostilities and peace , 154. A.D. 374 , war of the Quadi 375 and Sarmatians , 156. A.D. 375 , the expedition of Valentinian ; his death , 157 , 158 ; the emperors Gratian and ...

Author: Edward Gibbon

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSC:32106005766701

Category: Byzantine Empire

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Cursed by Death

Haunting, captivating, brilliant!" -Library Journal (starred review) "Filled with ancient contracts, the walking dead, and fated love, this eerie tale draws you in and leaves you yearning for more.

Author: Melissa Marr

Publisher:

ISBN: 1953909027

Category:

Page: 288

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The dead don't always stay dead in Claysville . . . and in the afterlife, Death himself can't be trusted. Amity Blue has begun to remember strange impossible events, her ex trying to bite her and people vanishing like mist. Everyone in town swears a mountain lion is responsible for the recent deaths, but Amity is sure that there's more to the story. After a stalker-a dead stalker-appears at the bar where she works, Amity discovers that the dead don't always stay dead in Claysville. Along with the current Graveminder, Rebekkah Barrow, Amity seeks out the enigmatic Mr D, who seems to be Death himself, only to discover that the centuries-old contract to protect Claysville has been broken. Caught between life in a cursed town and Death himself, Amity and Rebekkah must find a way to put the dead where they belong-because if the Hungry Dead keep rising, everyone in town will be lost. Return to the world of Graveminder, Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Horror Novel in this stand-alone Graveminder novel (which also includes two Graveminder short stories.). What People Have Said about GRAVEMINDER: "If anyone can put the goth in Southern Gothic, it's Melissa Marr." -NPR.org "Marr creates sympathetic characters, she takes readers to places both sinister and delightful, and there's a satisfying end to a wonderfully awful villain. It's a fast read, spooky enough to please but not too disturbing to read in bed." -Washington Post "Dark and dreamy. . . . Rod Serling would have loved Graveminder. . . Marr is not tapping into the latest horde of zombie novels, she's created a new kind of undead creature. . . . A creatively creepy gothic tale for grown-ups."-USA Today "Plan ahead to read this one, because you won't be able to put it down! Haunting, captivating, brilliant!" -Library Journal (starred review) "Filled with ancient contracts, the walking dead, and fated love, this eerie tale draws you in and leaves you yearning for more."-IndieNext List, July 2011 "The emotional dance between Rebekkah and Byron will captivate female readers. . . . Fantasy-horror fans will demand more." -Kirkus Reviews "An adult novel that Marr's fans may enjoy. Graveminder is worthy of praise. . . . The main characters and it is easy to become involved in their struggles." VOYA, Top Fantasy of the Year "Melissa Marr has the rare talent of making deeply weird things seem perfectly normal, and making perfectly normal things seem deeply weird." io9 "Welcome to the return of the great American gothic." -Del Howison, Bram Stoker Award-winning editor of Dark Delicacies

A New Companion to The Gothic

This new edition now contains twelve brand new essays; six of these constitute an additional part on “The Globalization of Gothic,” which provides an invaluable reflection on the direction Gothic criticism has taken over the last decade ...

Author: David Punter

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119062509

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 576

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The thoroughly expanded and updated New Companion to the Gothic, provides a series of stimulating insights into Gothic writing, its history and genealogy. The addition of 12 new essays and a section on ‘Global Gothic’ reflects the direction Gothic criticism has taken over the last decade. Many of the original essays have been revised to reflect current debates Offers comprehensive coverage of criticism of the Gothic and of the various theoretical approaches it has inspired and spawned Features important and original essays by leading scholars in the field The editor is widely recognized as the founder of modern criticism of the Gothic

The Cambridge Companion to the Modern Gothic

This Companion explores the Gothic across literature, film, television, and cyberspace, revealing how it has proliferated since 1900 as an expression of modernity.

Author: Jerrold E. Hogle

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107023567

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 292

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Explores the Gothic across literature, film, and cyberspace, revealing how it has proliferated since 1900 as an expression of modernity.