Fin de siècle gothic

Victoria Margree, Bryony Randall

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Abstract

Using three figures which populate fin de siècle Gothic fiction - the vampire, the man of science, and the ghost - this chapter explores canonical works by Stoker, Stevenson, James and Wells, alongside work by lesser-known writers such as Charlotte Riddell, Edith Nesbit, Florence Marryat and B. M. Croker. It argues that fictions by female writers address many of the same cultural themes as those by men, but often evince a distinctly female sensibility that at times modulates into overt feminist criticism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Victorian gothic: an Edinburgh companion
EditorsAndrew Smith, William Hughes
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Pages217-233
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9780748642496
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012

Bibliographical note

The Victorian gothic: an Edinburgh companion, nominated for the Allan Lloyd Smith book prize for the best book on a Gothic topic published between 2011-12.

Keywords

  • Fiction
  • Gothic
  • fin de siècle
  • vampires
  • ghosts
  • science
  • Darwinism
  • Victorian period

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