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Published: 16 October 2020

280 Pages | 3


ISBN: 9780190910273

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Spectres of Antiquity

Classical Literature and the Gothic, 1740-1830

James Uden

  • Offers a new account of the relationship between the Classical and the Gothic in literature and aesthetics
  • Demonstrates that the history of the Gothic genre in the eighteenth century is interwoven with changing perceptions of the Greek and Roman worlds
  • Interprets works by major authors including Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe, and Mary Shelley
  • Argues for "haunting" as a model for understanding the presence of antiquity in modern life