The Literature of Terror: the Modern Gothic is the second volume in David Punter's impressive survey of gothic writing covering over two centuries. This long awaited second edition has been expanded to take into account the latest critical research, and is now published in two volumes. Volume One covers the period from 1765 to the Edwardian age while Volume Two discusses modern gothic, starting with the 'decadent' gothic writing of Oscar Wilde and continuing through the twentieth century.
Table of Contents
Preface to the first edition Preface to the second edition Acknowledgements 1. Gothic and decadence: Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, H. G. Wells, Bram Stoker, Arthur Machen 2. Later American Gothic: Ambrose Bierce, Robert W. Chambers, H. P. Lovecraft 3. The ambivalence of memory: Henry James and Walter de la Mare 4. Formalism and meaning in the ghost story: Arthur Conan Doyle, H. G. Wells, Algernon Blackwood, M. R. James, David Lindsay 5. Gothic in the horror film 1930-1980 6. Modern perspectives of the barbaric: Mervyn Peake, 'Isak Dinesen', John Hawkes, Joyce Carol Oates, James Purdy, William Burroughs, Thomas Pynchon, J. G. Ballard, Robert Coover, Angela Carter 7. Contemporary Gothic transformations 8. Mutations of terror: theory and Gothic Bibliography Index
David Punter is Professor of English at the University of Bristol, UK.