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Gothic Evolutions: Poetry, Tales, Context, Theory

by Corinna Wagner Broadview Press
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The texts in this unique collection range from the Gothic Revival of the late eighteenth century through to the late Victorian gothic, and from the poetry of Wordsworth and Coleridge to the short fiction of H.G. Wells and Henry James. Genres represented include medievalist poetry, psychological thrillers, dark political dystopias, sinister tales of social corruption, and popular ghost tales.In addition to a wide selection of classic and lesser-known texts from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Gothic Evolutions includes key examples of the aesthetic, scientific, and cultural theory related to the Gothic, from John Locke and David Hume to Sigmund Freud and Julia Kristeva.


A Thematic Guide to the Anthology



A Chronology of Major Social, Political, Literary, and Cultural Events, 1742-1918

A Note on the Texts

Thomas Gray, "Elegy written in a Country Churchyard" (1751)

Charlotte Smith

"Sonnet XII" (1784)
"Sonnet XLIV" (1784-97)
"Sonnet LXVII" (1784-97)
"Sonnet LXX" (1784-97)

Marquis de Sade, "The Pimp Well Served" (c. 1787)

William Wordsworth, "The Thorn" (1798)

S.T. Coleridge,

"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (1798; 1800 version)
"Christabel" (1816)

Sir Walter Scott

"The Fire King" (1801)
"Ancient Gaelic Melody" (1819)

George Gordon, Lord Byron, The Giaour: A Fragment of a Turkish Tale (1813)

E.T.A. Hoffmann, "The Sandman" (1816)

John Polidori, "The Vampyre" (1819)

Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Cenci (1819)

John Keats

"La Belle Dame Sans Merci" (1819)
"Lamia" (1819)
"The Eve of St Agnes" (1819)

Joanna Baillie, "The Ghost of Faden" (1821)

Anonymous, "The Victim" (1831)

Charles Lever, "Post –Mortem Recollections of a Medical Lecturer" (1836)

Samuel Warren, "Grave Doings" (1838)

Edgar Allen Poe

"Ligeia" (1838)
"The Pit and the Pendulum" (1842; 1845 version)

Alfred Tennyson, "Lady of Shallot" (1833; 1842 version)

Robert Browning

"My Last Duchess" (1842)
"Porphyria's Lover" (1842)

Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Birthmark" (1843)

Herman Melville, "The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids" (1855)

Christina Rossetti, "Goblin Market" (1862)

Emily Dickinson

"Of nearness to her sundered things" (1862, 337)
"I felt a Funeral, in my Brain" (1862, 340)
"'Tis so appalling it exhilarates" (1862, 341)
"It was not death for I stood up" (1862, 355)
"I felt my life with both my hands" (1862, 357)
"After great pain, a formal feeling comes" (1862, 372)
"One need not be a chamber to be haunted" (1862, 407, copy B)
"It knew no medicine" (1862, 567)
"I heard a fly buzz when I died" (1863, 591)
"Much madness is divinest sense" (1863, 620)
"I felt a cleaving in my mind" (1863, 867, copy B)

Charles Dickens, "To be Taken with a Grain of Salt" (1865)

S. Weir Mitchell, "The Case of George Dedlow" (1866)

Charles Baudelaire

"The Evil Monk" (1861)
"The Punishment of Pride" (1861)
"The Mask" (1861)
"More Than Night's Vault, It's You That I Adore" (1861)
"The Carcase" (1861)
"The Vampire" (1868)
"The Wine of the Rag Pickers" (1861)
"The Wine of the Murderer" (1861)
"The Metamorphoses of the Vampire" (1866)

Sheridan Le Fanu, "Green Tea" (1872)

Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev

"The Dream" (1876)
"The Dog" (1878)
"My Adversary" (1878)
"Necessitas—Vis—Libertas!" (1878)

Robert Louis Stevenson, "Olalla" (1885)

Rudyard Kipling, "Beyond the Pale" (1888)

Charlotte Perkins Gillman, The Yellow Wallpaper (1892)

Kate Chopin

"Désirée's Baby" (1893)
"The Story of an Hour" (1894)

Arthur Machen, "The Inmost Light" (1894)

H.G. Wells

"The Stolen Bacillus" (1895)
"The Triumphs of a Taxidermist" (1895)

Izumi Kyoka, "The Surgery Room" (1895)

Mary Elizabeth Braddon, "Good Lady Ducayne" (1896)

Henry James, "The Way it Came" ("The Friends of the Friends") (1896)

Richard Marsh, "The Adventure of Lady Wishaw's Hand" (1898)

Charlotte Mew

"The Fête" (1914)
"In Nunhead Cemetery" (1916)
"Madeleine in Church" (1916)

Appendix A: Political Context and the History of Ideas

From Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (1651)
From John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690)
From David Hume, Essays Moral, Political, and Literary (1742-1754)
From Immanuel Kant, "An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment?"(1784)
From Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)
From Jeremy Bentham, Panopticon: Or, The Inspection-house (1791)
From William Godwin, Enquiry Concerning Political Justice (1793)
From Thomas Malthus, An Essay on the Principle of Population (1798)
From Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution (1837)
From Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto (1848)
From John Stuart Mill, from On Liberty (1859)

Appendix B: Aesthetic Theory and the Gothic

From Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (1757)
From Richard Hurd, Letters on Chivalry and Romance (1762)
From Immanuel Kant, Critique of Judgment (1790)
From A.W.N. Pugin, Contrasts (1836)
From John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice (1851-53)

Appendix C: Science, Medicine, and the Gothic

From Johann Caspar Lavater, Essays on Physiognomy (1774-78) (1789)
From M.D.T. de Bienville, Nymphomania (1775)
From Eliza Farnham, Rationale of Crime and Its Appropriate Treatment (1846)
From Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species (1859)
From Charles Darwin, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872)
From Thomas Laycock, Mind and Brain (1860)
From Sir Francis Galton, Inquiries into Human Faculty and Its Development (1883)
From Henry M. Boies, Prisoners and Paupers (1893)
From Cesare Lombroso and Gina Lombroso-Ferrero, Criminal Man (1911)
From Cesare Lombroso and William Ferrero, The Female Offender (1895)
From Max Nordau, Degeneration (1895)

Appendix D: Critical Theory and the Gothic

From Sigmund Freud, "The Uncanny" (1919)
From Michel Foucault, "Of Other Spaces: Heterotopias" (1967)
From Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish (1975)
From Julia Kristeva, The Powers of Horror: An Essay on the Abject (1982)

Corinna Wagner is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Exeter, UK.