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The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction

Nick Groom

September 2012

ISBN: 9780199586790

184 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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There are many interpretations of the word 'Gothic'. Nick Groom explores the rich history and chronology of the term, bringing together various underlying and disparate elements to clarify its meaning. By examining its history, he argues that we can better interpret and understand society today.

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There are many interpretations of the word 'Gothic'. Nick Groom explores the rich history and chronology of the term, bringing together various underlying and disparate elements to clarify its meaning. By examining its history, he argues that we can better interpret and understand society today.

  • Examines all aspects of the 'Gothic', including architecture, fiction, culture, literature, poetry, photography, and film
  • Explores the historical meanings of the term and its origins
  • Presents a rich and complex history that offers striking new ways of understanding and looking at modern culture and identity
  • Considers the contemporary Gothic phenomenon
  • Part of the best-selling Very Short Introductions series - over five million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Nick Groom, Professor in English, University of Exeter

Professor Nick Groom is Chair in English at the University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus, and Director of ECLIPSE: the Exeter Centre for Literatures of Identity, Place, and Sustainability. He has published widely for both academic and popular readerships, and is the author and editor of many books, most recently The Forger's Shadow (2002), Thomas Chatterton: Selected Poetry (2003), and The Union Jack (2006).

Table of Contents

    Introduction: A history of the Gothic in thirteen chapters
    1: Origins of the Goths
    2: The ascent to heaven
    3: The iconoclasts
    4: The revenge of the dead
    5: Liberty gothic
    6: Gothic whiggery
    7: The Sixties
    8: The descent into hell
    9: The poetics of blood
    10: The gothic dream
    11: New England goths
    12: Goths at the movies
    13: First and last and always
    Further reading