New PDF release: Art of Darkness: A Poetics of Gothic

By Anne Williams

ISBN-10: 0226899063

ISBN-13: 9780226899060

ISBN-10: 0226899071

ISBN-13: 9780226899077

Art of Darkness is an bold try to describe the foundations governing Gothic literature. Ranging throughout 5 centuries of fiction, drama, and verse—including stories as various as Horace Walpole's The fort of Otranto, Shelley's Frankenstein, Coleridge's The Rime of the traditional Mariner, and Freud's The Mysteries of Enlightenment—Anne Williams proposes 3 new premises: that Gothic is "poetic," no longer novelistic, in nature; that there are parallel Gothic traditions, female and male; and that the Gothic and the Romantic signify a unmarried literary tradition.

Building at the psychoanalytic and feminist thought of Julia Kristeva, Williams argues that Gothic conventions similar to the haunted fort and the relations curse represent the autumn of the patriarchal kinfolk; Gothic is consequently "poetic" in Kristeva's feel since it finds these "others" in most cases pointed out with the feminine. Williams identifies precise female and male Gothic traditions: within the Male plot, the protagonist faces a merciless, violent, and supernatural international, with out wish of salvation. the feminine plot, in contrast, asserts the ability of the brain to appreciate an international which, notwithstanding mysterious, is finally good. by means of exhibiting how Coleridge and Keats used either female and male Gothic, Williams demanding situations accredited notions approximately gender and authorship one of the Romantics. Lucidly and gracefully written, Art of Darkness alters our knowing of the Gothic culture, of Romanticism, and of the family members among gender and style in literary history.

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