Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Slideshow on Gothic Conventions
The Gothic Novel
Read about the history, critiques, examples of Gothic
About Gothic from the Norton Anthology of English Literature
Peter Otto, the author, discusses the origins of the term and other related topics
Conventions of the Gothic genre
There are a number of techniques, devices and conventions common to a great deal of Gothic literature:
Gothic Possibilities - Journal article
The authors Norman Holland and Leona Sherman look for answers to questions like - How has a genre like Gothic maintained its popularity for two centuries? Why are the overwhelming majority of those who read gothics women?
New Literary History, Vol. 8, No. 2,
Gothic vs Romantic - Journal article
GOTHIC VERSUS ROMANTIC: A REVALUATION OF THE GOTHIC NOVEL
BY ROBERT D. HUME
The Gothic novel has not fared well among literary critics, even in this age of sympathetic evaluations of largely forgotten minor works..
PMLA, Vol. 84, No. 2
Love/Slave - Journal article
LOVE / SLAVE: by Judith Wilt
The author writes that the essence of the "Gothic" is intimacy...
Victorian Studies, Vol. 37, No. 3
Introduction - Motifs and Conventions of 'Gothic'
A Motif is a repeated theme, image or literary device
A Convention is a widely used and accepted device or technique as in a particular fiction genre
Gothic Conventions in the books
The Gothic by
Call Number: 823.0872909
Themes and Topics (pg 257 - 298)
The gothic tradition by
Call Number: 809.9
Call Number: Text Book
A Companion to the Gothic by
Call Number: 823.0872
AQA English Literature B by
Call Number: 820.76
Gothic Conventions (pages 7- 25)
Capturing the castle - Journal article
CAPTURING THE CASTLE
Castles in the air, castles built on sand: Pete Bunten examines the Gothic castle as myth, motif and metaphor and looks at the ways in which this may reflect the instability of the genre.
The English Review, February 2010
The Radcliffean Gothic Model - Journal article
THE RADCLIFFEAN GOTHIC MODEL: A Form for Feminine Sexuality: by Cynthia Griffin Wolff
During the eighteenth century, a period of the most lively investigation into the possibilities of that "new" genre, the English novel,
several models were developed which proved so successful that they have persisted even into the present.
Modern Language Studies, Vol. 9, No. 3,