By Anne Williams

ISBN-10: 0226899063

ISBN-13: 9780226899060

ISBN-10: 0226899071

ISBN-13: 9780226899077

Art of Darkness is an formidable try and describe the rules governing Gothic literature. Ranging throughout 5 centuries of fiction, drama, and verse—including stories as varied as Horace Walpole's The fortress 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 concept of Julia Kristeva, Williams argues that Gothic conventions resembling the haunted citadel and the relatives curse symbolize the autumn of the patriarchal family members; Gothic is as a result "poetic" in Kristeva's feel since it finds these "others" regularly pointed out with the feminine. Williams identifies detailed female and male Gothic traditions: within the Male plot, the protagonist faces a merciless, violent, and supernatural global, with no wish of salvation. the feminine plot, against this, asserts the ability of the brain to appreciate a global which, although mysterious, is finally good. via displaying how Coleridge and Keats used either female and male Gothic, Williams demanding situations permitted notions approximately gender and authorship one of the Romantics. Lucidly and gracefully written, Art of Darkness alters our figuring out of the Gothic culture, of Romanticism, and of the family members among gender and style in literary history.

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