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A Geography of Victorian Gothic Fiction: Mapping History's Nightmares

Robert Mighall


This book is a full-length study of Victorian Gothic fiction. Combining original readings of familiar texts with historical sources, this book is a historicist survey of 19th-century Gothic writing—from Dickens to Stoker, Wilkie Collins to Conan Doyle, through European travelogues, sexological textbooks, ecclesiastic histories and pamphlets on the perils of self-abuse. Critics have thus far tended to concentrate on specific angles of Gothic writing (gender or race), or the belief that the Gothic ‘returned’ at the so-called fin de siècle. By contrast, this book demonstrates how the Gothic mode ... More

Keywords: Gothic fiction, Dickens, Bram Stoker, Wilkie Collins, Conan Doyle, travelogue, ecclesiastical history, self-abuse, fin de siècle, Stevenson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199262182
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262182.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Mighall, author
Honorary Research Fellow in English Literature, University College London; Fellow, Royal Society of Arts