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Queering Contemporary Gothic Narrative 1970-2012


Part of the Palgrave Gothic book series (PAGO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Paulina Palmer
    Pages 1-22
  3. Paulina Palmer
    Pages 23-63
  4. Paulina Palmer
    Pages 65-110
  5. Paulina Palmer
    Pages 111-149
  6. Paulina Palmer
    Pages 175-179
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 181-204

About this book


This book explores the development of queer Gothic fiction, contextualizing it with reference to representations of queer sexualities and genders in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Gothic, as well as the sexual-political perspectives generated by the 1970s lesbian and gay liberation movements and the development of queer theory in the 1990s.  The book examines the roles that Gothic motifs and narrative strategies play in depicting aspects of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex experience in contemporary Gothic fiction. Gothic motifs discussed include spectrality, the haunted house, the vampire, doppelganger and monster.  Regional Gothic and the contribution that Gothic tropes make to queer historical fiction and historiography receive attention, as does the AIDS narrative. Female Gothic and feminist perspectives are also explored. Writers discussed include Peter Ackroyd, Vincent Brome, Jim Grimsley, Alan Hollinghurst, Randall Kenan, Meg Kingston, Michelle Paver, Susan Swan, Louise Tondeur, Sarah Waters, Kathleen Winter and Jeanette Winterson. 


Queer queer theory queer sexualities queer history historiography lesbian gay transsexuality intersex feminist LGBTI Gothic contemporary Gothic Gothic narrative spectrality ghosts haunting haunted house vampire doppelganger

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Warwick and Birkbeck CollegeLondonUnited Kingdom

About the authors

After retiring  from a  senior  lectureship  at Warwick University, Dr Palmer taught for the MA in Gender and Sexuality at Birkbeck, London University. Her publications include Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Narrative Practice and Feminist Theory;  Contemporary Lesbian Writing: Dreams, Desire, Difference;  Lesbian Gothic: Transgressive Fictions;  The Queer Uncanny: New Perspectives on the Gothic. She teaches at City Lit College, London.

Bibliographic information


“The narrative texts explored in this book range from historical novels to futuristic stories. … Queering Contemporary Gothic Narrative 1970-2012 is an excellent resource for those interested in the intersections between queer studies and gothic literary criticism.” (Tanya González, Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature STTCL, February, 2018)

“The scope of Queering Contemporary Gothic Narrative 1970–2012 is stunning because the text functions as an outstanding addition to queer theory focusing on Gothic narrative. However, it is also outstanding in the ways that Palmer brings together classic and well-known and researched queer Gothic stories alongside numerous new and lesser known contemporary works.” (Ardel Haefele-Thomas, Gothic Studies, Vol. 20 (1-2), 2018)