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A-level English - The Gothic Novel: Welcome

A guide to resources on the Gothic novel; the origins, indicators, authors and books, compiled by your librarians.

Welcome to the Gothic Novel Libguide!

This Libguide aims to give you

an understanding of the origins of the gothic novel

an awareness of the key motifs and conventions of the gothic genre

recommended gothic authors & texts to read


Dictionary meaning of Gothic[goth-ik]:

1a. Of or relating to the Goths or their language.

1b. Germanic; Teutonic.

2. Of or relating to the Middle Ages; medieval.

3a. Of or relating to an architectural style prevalent in western Europe from the 12th through the 15th century and characterized by pointed arches, rib vaulting, and a developing emphasis on verticality and the impression of height.

3b. Of or relating to an architectural style derived from medieval Gothic.

4. Of or relating to painting, sculpture, or other art forms prevalent in northern Europe from the 12th through the 15th century.

5. Of or relating to a style of fiction that emphasizes the grotesque, mysterious, and desolate.

6. Barbarous; crude


Motifs and Conventions of 'Gothic'

"The Bard” (1817) John Martin

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Gothic genre Authors

Authors & Texts

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Horace Walpole (1817-1897) - The Castle of Otranto

Ann Radcliffe (1764 - 1823) - The Mysteries of Udolpho

Edgar Allan Poe ( 1809 - 1849) - Tales of Mystery and Terror

Matthew Lewis (1775 - 1818) - The Monk

Mary Shelley (1797 - 1851) - Frankenstein

Gothic non-fiction books

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