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The Victorian Gothic

An Edinburgh Companion

Edited by Andrew Smith, William Hughes

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A multi-disciplinary scholarly consideration of the Victorian Gothic

These 14 chapters of original research, each written by an acknowledged expert in the field, provide an invaluable insight into the complex and various Gothic forms of the nineteenth century. Covering a range of diverse contexts, the chapters focus on science, medicine, Queer theory, imperialism, nationalism, and gender. Together with further chapters on the ghost story, realism, the fin de siècle, pulp fictions, sensation fiction, and the Victorian way of death, the Companion provides the most complete overview of the Victorian Gothic to date.

The book is an essential resource for students and scholars working on the Gothic, Victorian literature and culture, and critical theory.


Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Locating the Victorian Gothic - Andrew Smith and William Hughes
Realism and the Victorian Gothic: Objects of Terror Transformed - Martin Willis
Sensation Fiction: A Peep Behind the Veil - Laurence Talairach-Vielmas
Victorian Gothic Pulp Fiction - Jarlath Killeen
Victorian Gothic Drama - Diane Long Hoeveler
Victorian Gothic poetry: The Corpse's Text - Caroline Franklin and Michael Franklin
The Victorian Ghost Story - Nick Freeman
Victorian Gothic and National Identity - Avril Horner
The Victorian Gothic and Gender - Carol Margaret Davison
Queer Victorian Gothic - Ardel Thomas
Victorian Gothic Death - Andrew Smith
Science and the Gothic - Kelly Hurley
Victorian Medicine and the Gothic -William Hughes
Imperial Gothic - Patrick Brantlinger
Fin de Siècle Gothic - Vicky Margree and Bryony Randall

About the Author

Andrew Smith is Professor of Nineteenth Century English Literature at the University of Sheffield. His 19 published book include Gothic Death 1740-1914: A Literary History (2016), The Ghost Story 1840-1920: A Cultural History (2010), Victorian Demons (2004), Gothic Radicalism (2004), and The Victorian Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion (edited with William Hughes: 2012).

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.


"This collection of essays should be a "must" for those whose interests focus on the late Victorian cultural world, as it is observed through the lense of the Gothic. In private or in academic and public libraries, this book will doubtless enjoy a long shelf life."

Benjamin F. Fisher, Emeritus, University of Mississippi.


"Very professionally edited by two world leaders in Gothic studies, this collection offers well-written, sharply documented, and "heart of the matter" accounts by experts on each significant realm of the Victorian Gothic, along with an excellent bibliography of further readings. It is therefore a highly valuable book for students of the Gothic world-wide."

Jerrold E. Hogle, University Distinguished Professor, The University of Arizona.

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