1st Edition

The Rise of the Gothic Novel

By Maggie Kilgour Copyright 1995
    292 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    One of the central images conjured up by the gothic novel is that of a shadowy spectre slowly rising from a mysterious abyss. In The Rise of the Gothic Novel, Maggie Kilgour argues that the ghost of the gothic is now resurrected in the critical methodologies which investigate it for the revelation of buried cultural secrets.
    In this cogent analysis of the rise and fall of the gothic as a popular form, Kilgour juxtaposes the writings of William Godwin with Mary Wollstonecraft, and Ann Radcliffe with Matthew Lewis. She concludes with a close reading of the quintessential gothic novel, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
    An impressive and highly original study, The Rise of the Gothic Novel is an invaluable contribution to the continuing literary debates which surround this influential genre.

    Part I; Chapter 1 The Nature of Gothic, Maggie Kilgour; Chapter 2 Past and Present, Maggie Kilgour; Chapter 3 The Sublime and the Odd, Maggie Kilgour; Chapter 4 Everything that Rises Must Converge, Maggie Kilgour; Part 102 Part II; Chapter 5 Godwin and the Gothic of Revolution, Maggie Kilgour; Chapter 6 The Reveries of a Solitary Woman, Maggie Kilgour; Chapter 7 The Chymicall Wedding and the Bourgeois Marriage, Maggie Kilgour; Part 103 Part III; Chapter 8 From Here to Here, Maggie Kilgour; Chapter 9 Lewis’s Gothic Revolution, Maggie Kilgour; Chapter 10 ‘A Way thus Dark and Circuitous’, Maggie Kilgour; Part 4 Part IV; Chapter 11 The Artist as Goth, Maggie Kilgour; Chapter 12 The Rise of Gothic Criticism, Maggie Kilgour;


    Maggie Kilgour is an Associate Professor of English at McGill University. She is the author of From Communion to Cannibalism: An Anatomy of Metaphors of Incorporation.

    'Comprehensive and thoughtful study of the life of the Gothic Novel.' - A Ballesteros Conzalez, Autonoma Univ