Exhibited by Candlelight: Sources and Developments in the Gothic Tradition

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Valeria Tinkler-Villani, Peter Davidson, Jane Stevenson
Rodopi, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 298 pages
Exhibited by Candlelight: Sources and Developments in the Gothic Tradition focuses on a number of strands in the Gothic. The first is Gothic as a way of looking. Paintings used as reference points, tableaux, or the Hammer Studios' visualizations of Dracula present ways of seeing which are suggestive and allow the interplay of primarily sexual passions. Continuity with the past is a further strand which enables us to explore how the sources of the Gothic are connected with the origin of existence and of history, both individual and general. Here, the Gothic offers a voice for writers whose perceptions do not fit into those of the dominant group, which makes them sensitive both to psychological and social gaps. This leads to an exploration of the very idea of sources and an attempt to bridge the gaps, as can be observed in the variety of epithets used to clarify the ways that Gothic works, ranging from heroic gothic to porno-gothic. This takes the reader to the main core of Gothic: a genre which is always ready to admit new forms of the unreal to enter and change whatever has become mainstream literature, and a way of reading and a mode profoundly affecting the reading experience. The Gothic mode cultivates its wicked ways in literature, working through it as a leavening yeast.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
David Punter
25
Michel Baridon
43
Manuel Aguirre
57
E J Clery
65
Peter de Voogd
70
Helga Hushahn
89
Claire Lamont
107
Chris Baldick
147
Marysa Demoor
173
Gudrun Kauhl
183
Elizabeth Tilley
197
W M Verhoeven
205
Robert Druce
221
Bart Westerweel
255
N J Brederoo
271

Vladimir Odoevsky and FitzJames OBrian
117
in the Shorter Fiction of James Hogg
129
Alan Shelston
137
Notes on Contributors
295
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Jane Stevenson was born in 1959 in London & brought up in London, Beijing, & Bonn. She teaches comparative literature & translation studies at the University of Warwick & lives with her husband in Warwickshire, England. Her novel, "London Bridges," will be published by Houghton Mifflin in 2001.

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