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Key Concepts in the Gothic

William Hughes

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An essential quick-reference book for students of Gothic literature, theatre and literary theory

Key Concepts in the Gothic provides a one-stop resource which details and defines, in accessible language, those contexts essential for the study of the Gothic in all periods and media. The volume is divided into three sections: Concepts and Terms; Theories of the Gothic; and Key Fictional Texts. Bibliographies are provided with the last two sections. The book clearly explains the critical terms – from ‘Ab-human’ to ‘Zombie’ – as well as the main theories, including ecocriticism, queer theory and Postcolonial theory, which any student of the Gothic is likely to encounter. This book will be a reliable companion for students of the genre from school and through university.

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Concepts and Terms
Theories of Gothic
Fifteen Key Fictional Texts.

About the Author

William Hughes is Professor of Medical Humanities and Gothic Literature at Bath Spa University. He is the author, editor or co-editor of eighteen books, including That Devil’s Trick: Hypnotism and the Victorian Popular Imagination (2016), Dracula: A Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism (2008), and Beyond Dracula: Bram Stoker’s Fiction and its Cultural Context (2000) as well as the collections Ecogothic (2013), The Victorian Gothic (2012), and Queering the Gothic (2009), co-edited with Andrew Smith.


Professor Hughes has created an indispensible volume for anyone interested in Gothic studies. His scholarship is rich and elegant. This is a work to be used and cherished and frequently revisited, and will not be outgrown in years of use.

- Charles L. Crow, Bowling Green State University

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