Haunted Europe: Continental Connections in English-Language Gothic Writing, Film and New Media, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Haunted Europe

Continental Connections in English-Language Gothic Writing, Film and New Media, 1st Edition

Edited by Evert Jan Van Leeuwen, Michael Newton


264 pages

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Hardback: 9780367271848
pub: 2019-07-10
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Haunted Europe offers the first comprehensive account of the British and Irish fascination with a Gothic vision of continental Europe, tracing its effect on British intellectual life from the birth of the Gothic novel, to the eve of Brexit, and the symbolic recalibration of the UK’s relationship to mainland Europe.


By focusing on the development of the relationship between Britain and Ireland and continental Europe over more than two-hundred years, this collection marks an important departure from standard literary critical narratives, which have tended to focus on a narrow time-period and have missed continuities and discontinuities in our ongoing relationship with the mainland.

Table of Contents


Michael Newton and Evert Jan van Leeuwen

  1. Seeing Ghosts: The Dark Side of the Enlightenment
  2. Robert Miles

  3. "Such Strains as Speak No Mortal Means": Melusine Voices in
  4. Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho and Landon’s "The Fairy

    of the Fountains"

    Michelle O’Connell

  5. Slavery as a National Crime: Defining Britishness in Encounters
  6. with the Flying Dutchman

    Agnes Andeweg

  7. Strange Exhibitions: M. R. James, Europe and the Phantom Museum
  8. Scott Brewster

  9. Haunted Hotels and Murder Inns: Travelers’ Tales from Europe and
  10. the Gothic Short Story from the 1820s to the 1940s

    Michael Newton

  11. Daphne Du Maurier: Sex and Death the Italian Way
  12. Avril Horner and Sue Zlosnik

  13. Dennis Wheatley’s Satanic Continent
  14. Evert Jan van Leeuwen

  15. Robert Aickman and the English Abroad
  16. Nick Freeman

  17. "Look into the Dark": A Ghost Story for Christmas on the Continent:
  18. An Interview with Leslie Megahey, director of Schalcken the Painter

    Michael Newton

  19. A Tale of Two Carmillas: The Representation of Styria in Le Fanu’s
  20. "Carmilla" and its Web Series Adaptation

    Rahel Sixta Schmitz

  21. Civilization vs. "the Barbarian Turk": Imperial Gothic and Western
  22. Self-definition in Dracula Narratives from Fin-de Siècle to the Post-9/11


    Tuğçe Bıçakçı Syed

  23. Acephalous Times: The Severed Head in Contemporary Fiction and Film

Roger Luckhurst

About the Editors

Evert Jan van Leeuwen (Leiden University, the Netherlands) is author of House of Usher (Auteur Press 2019), co-editor of The Literary Utopias of Cultural Communities (Rodopi 2010), and has published articles in the Journal Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, and Studies in Gothic Fiction, amongst others.

Michael Newton (Leiden University, the Netherlands) is the author of the cultural histories, Savage Girls and Wild Boys and Age of Assassins, and of two BFI Film Classics books, on Kind Hearts and Coronets and Rosemary’s Baby, and also Show People: A History of the Film Star.

About the Series

Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to literary studies, it engages with topics such as philosophy, science, race, gender, film, music, and ecology. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 18th Century
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General