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Art of darkness : a poetics of Gothic

責任表示 Anne Williams
データ種別 図書
出版者 Chicago : University of Chicago Press
出版年 1995
本文言語 英語
大きさ xii, 311 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
概要 Art of Darkness is an ambitious attempt to describe the principles governing Gothic literature. Ranging across five centuries of fiction, drama, and verse--including tales as diverse as Horace Walpole...s The Castle of Otranto, Shelley's Frankenstein, Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and Freud's The Mysteries of Enlightenment--Anne Williams proposes three new premises: that Gothic is "poetic," not novelistic, in nature; that there are two parallel Gothic traditions, Male and Female; and that the Gothic and the Romantic represent a single literary tradition. Building on the psychoanalytic and feminist theory of Julia Kristeva, Williams argues that Gothic conventions such as the haunted castle and the family curse signify the fall of the patriarchal family; Gothic is therefore "poetic" in Kristeva's sense because it reveals those "others" most often identified with the female. Williams identifies distinct Male and Female Gothic traditions: In the Male plot, the protagonist faces a cruel, violent, and supernatural world, without hope of salvation. The Female plot, by contrast, asserts the power of the mind to comprehend a world which, though mysterious, is ultimately sensible. By showing how Coleridge and Keats used both Male and Female Gothic, Williams challenges accepted notions about gender and authorship among the Romantics. Lucidly and gracefully written, Art of Darkness alters our understanding of the Gothic tradition, of Romanticism, and of the relations between gender and genre in literary history.
Art of Darkness is an ambitious attempt to describe the principles governing Gothic literature. Ranging across five centuries of fiction, drama, and verse--including tales as diverse as Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto, Shelley's Frankenstein, Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and Freud's The Mysteries of Enlightenment--Anne Williams proposes three new premises: that Gothic is "poetic," not novelistic, in nature; that there are two parallel Gothic traditions, Male and Female; and that the Gothic and the Romantic represent a single literary tradition. Building on the psychoanalytic and feminist theory of Julia Kristeva, Williams argues that Gothic conventions such as the haunted castle and the family curse signify the fall of the patriarchal family; Gothic is therefore "poetic" in Kristeva's sense because it reveals those "others" most often identified with the female. Williams identifies distinct Male and Female Gothic traditions: In the Male plot, the protagonist faces a cruel, violent, and supernatural world, without hope of salvation. The Female plot, by contrast, asserts the power of the mind to comprehend a world which, though mysterious, is ultimately sensible. By showing how Coleridge and Keats used both Male and Female Gothic, Williams challenges accepted notions about gender and authorship among the Romantics. Lucidly and gracefully written, Art of Darkness alters our understanding of the Gothic tradition, of Romanticism, and of the relations between gender and genre in literary history.
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中央図 1A 068582195013088 930.2/W 744/2 1995

書誌詳細

一般注記 Bibliography: p. 285-300
Includes index
著者標目 *Williams, Anne, 1947-
件 名 LCSH:English literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc  全ての件名で検索
LCSH:English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc  全ての件名で検索
LCSH:Horror tales, English -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc  全ての件名で検索
LCSH:Gothic revival (Literature) -- Great Britain  全ての件名で検索
LCSH:Romanticism -- Great Britain  全ての件名で検索
LCSH:Poetics
分 類 LCC:PR448.G6
DC20:823/.0872909
書誌ID 1000191419
ISBN 0226899063
NCID BA25302896
巻冊次 ISBN:0226899063
: pbk ; ISBN:0226899071
登録日 2009.09.11
更新日 2009.09.11

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