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Gothic Death 1740-1914: A Literary History

Andrew Smith


The focus in this book is on how the dead and dying were represented in Gothic texts between 1740 and 1914-between Graveyard poetry and the mass death occasioned by the First World War. The corpse might seem to have an obvious place in the Gothic imaginary but, as we shall see, the corpse so often refuses to function as a formal Gothic prop and in order to understand why this occurs we need to explore what the corpse figuratively represented in the Gothic during the long nineteenth century. Representations of death often provide a vehicle for other contemplations than just death. A central aim ... More

Keywords: Death, Uncanny, Gothic, Corpse, Creativity, Writing, Romanticism, nineteenth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780719088414
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719088414.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Smith, author
University of Sheffield