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The Failure of Gothic: Problems of Disjunction in an Eighteenth-Century Literary Form

Elizabeth R. Napier


This book is an examination of narrative conventions in one of the most popular and controversial of the 18th-century English literary genres. The vogue of the Gothic in the latter decades of the 18th century, its treatment by important critics such as Coleridge, and its distinctiveness as a genre, makes its study central to an understanding of 18th-century culture, of literary genre and popular literature, and of the problems surrounding attempts to judge quality in a literary work. The English Gothic novel, moreover, has attracted renewed attention from modern critics, who have argued its im ... More

Keywords: English literature, Gothic, 18th century, literary genre, Gothic novel, fiction, 18th-century culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1987 Print ISBN-13: 9780198128601
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128601.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth R. Napier, author