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. Key Features Covers the Gothic from the eighteenth century to the present Provides a comprehensive survey not just of movements and theories but also of the essential terminology used in Gothic Studies A reference work for those working with genres inflected by the Gothic, such as Romanticism, theatre studies and crime writing Provides a readily accessible resource for developing further research ; 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. ; Introduction; Concepts and Terms; Theories of Gothic; Fifteen Key Fictional Texts.
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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.