This chapter outlines the general scope and aim of an investigation into Gothic sensibilities in the Renaissance period, situating the project with regard to historical contexts as well as existing scholarly discourses of early modern and of Gothic studies. What does it mean to postulate a Gothic Renaissance, to attribute a Gothic sensibility to both dramatic and non-dramatic texts written in early modern England? This introduction approaches the workings of Gothic sensibilities and proposes their existence avant la lettre, pointing out the English Renaissance period with its emerging emphasis on individual subjectivity and national identity as an apt starting point for a historically specific investigation into connections with the Gothic.
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