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Sinister Histories: Gothic Novels and Representations of the Past, From Horace Walpole to Mary Wollstonecraft

Jonathan Dent


‘This is a dark story…’ Clara Reeve, The Old English Baron (1778) Sinister Histories is the first book to offer a detailed exploration of the Gothic’s response to Enlightenment historiography. It uncovers hitherto neglected relationships between fiction and prominent works of eighteenth-century history, locating the Gothic novel in a range of new interdisciplinary contexts. Drawing on ideas from literary studies, history, politics, and philosophy, Sinister Histories demonstrates the extent to which historical works influenced and shaped the development of Gothic fiction from the 1760s to the e ... More

Keywords: Gothic, Enlightenment, History, Culture, French Revolution, Eighteenth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780719095979
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719095979.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Dent, author
De Montfort University