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A Geography of Victorian Gothic FictionMapping History's Nightmares$
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Robert Mighall

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199262182

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262182.001.0001

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Atavism: A Darwinian Nightmare

Atavism: A Darwinian Nightmare

(p.130) Chapter Four Atavism: A Darwinian Nightmare
A Geography of Victorian Gothic Fiction

Mighall Robert

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the historical motivations and emphases of Gothic fiction in England during the later part of the 19th century. It shows how changes in the perception of the scope and nature of historical time encouraged the emergence of a new breed of Gothic fiction which betrayed a distinct biological and anthropological cast. The chapter explains how the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur Machen, and Bram Stoker provided new locations for the unwelcome past to survive into and threaten the civilized present.

Keywords:   Gothic fiction, England, history, Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur Machen, Bram Stoker, English literature

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