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Spectral Readings

Towards a Gothic Geography

  • Glennis Byron
  • David Punter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: of apparitions

    1. David Punter
      Pages 1-8
  3. Theory: regions of the Gothic

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Fred Botting
      Pages 11-36
    3. David Punter
      Pages 37-53
  4. Heartlands: the British nineteenth century

  5. America: states of instability

  6. Europe: dimensions of the body

  7. Contemporary (re)versions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Avril Horner, Sue Zlosnik
      Pages 219-232

About this book


These essays explore some of the most significant current issues concerning the terrain of the Gothic perspective, offering a variety of possible answers to the crucial question: What is Gothic? The collection begins by addressing general issues about the locations and structure of Gothic; this is followed by various considerations of Gothic as a specific historical phenomenon, linked with specific aspects of British, American, and European society; and, finally, by an exploration of Gothic writing during recent decades.


America apocalypse body cities corpus culture Europe gothic landscape scepticism society structure subject Victorian era writing

Editors and affiliations

  • Glennis Byron
    • 1
  • David Punter
    • 1
  1. 1.University of StirlingUK

About the editors

FRED BOTTING Lecturer in Literary Theory, University of Lancaster CHRISTINE FERGUSON Doctoral student in English, Tulane University, New Orleans JERROLD E. HOGLE Professor of English, University Distinguished Professor, and Chair of the Faculty at the University of Arizona AVRIL HORNER Senior Lecturer in English and Associate Director of the European Studies Research Institute, University of Salford JEANNETTE IDIART University of Washington JENNIFER SCHULZ University of Washington ROBERT MIGHALL Commissioning Editor, London Publisher ERIC SAVOY Professor of American Literature, University of Calgary DAVID SEED Reader in English Studies, University of Liverpool HELEN F. THOMPSON Assistant Professor, Arizona State University BARNARD TURNER Lecturer in Modern Literature, National University of Singapore WILLIAM VEEDER Professor of English, University of Chicago ALEXANDRA WARWICK Lecturer in English, University of Westminster SUE ZLOSNIK Head of English, Liverpool Hope University

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