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Haunted Europe
Continental Connections in English-Language Gothic Writing, Film and New Media

ISBN 9780367271848
Published July 10, 2019 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

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

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    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.