Monday, August 14, 2017

New Book--Gothic Landscapes: Changing Eras, Changing Cultures, Changing Anxieties

A new book from members of the area:

Gothic Landscapes: Changing Eras, Changing Cultures, Changing Anxieties
Editors: Yang, Sharon Rose, Healey, Kathleen (Eds.)

Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
ISBN 978-3-319-33164-5

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
ISBN 978-3-319-33165-2
Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
Included format: PDF, EPUB
ebooks can be used on all reading devices

About this book:

  • Looks at the role of landscapes in Gothic Fiction - an under-examined area
  • Broad historical sweep, from 18th century to 20th century
  • Examines other media including film

This book is about the ways that Gothic literature has been transformed since the 18th century across cultures and across genres. In a series of essays written by scholars in the field, the book focuses on landscape in the Gothic and the ways landscape both reflects and reveals the dark elements of culture and humanity. It goes beyond traditional approaches to the Gothic by pushing the limits of the definition of the genre. From landscape painting to movies and video games, from memoir to fiction, and from works of different cultural origins and perspectives, this volume traverses the geography of the Gothic revealing the anxieties that still haunt humanity into the twenty-first century.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Introduction: Haunted Landscapes and Fearful Spaces—Expanding Views on the Geography of the Gothic
Yang, Sharon Rose (et al.) / Pages 1-18

Dark Shadows in the Promised Land: Landscapes of Terror and the Visual Arts in Charles Brockden Brown’s Edgar Huntly
Healey, Kathleen / Pages 21-46

Haunting Landscapes in “Female Gothic” Thriller Films: From Alfred Hitchcock to Orson Welles
Biesen, Sheri Chinen / Pages 47-69

“Beauty Sleeping in the Lap of Horror”: Landscape Aesthetics and Gothic Pleasures, from The Castle of Otranto to Video Games
Davenport, Alice / Pages 71-103

What the Green Grass Hides: Denial and Deception in Suburban Detroit
Vayo, Amber B. / Pages 107-124

“Go Steady, Undine!”: The Horror of Ambition in Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country
Drizou, Myrto / Pages 125-145

The Convent as Coven: Gothic Implications of Women-Centered Illness and Healing Narratives in Toni Morrison’s Paradise
Waller-Peterson, Belinda M. / Pages 147-168

Haunting Memories: Gothic and Memoir
Moore, Erica / Pages 169-198

The Indian Gothic
Pai, Nalini / Pages 201-223

St. Bernard’s: Terrors of the Light in the Gothic Hospital
Rieger, Christy / Pages 225-238

Nature Selects the Horla: How the Concept of Natural Selection Influences Guy de Maupassant’s Horror Tale
Yang, Sharon Rose / Pages 239-269

Ruins of Empire: Refashioning the Gothic in J. G. Ballard’s Empire of the Sun (1984)
Watson, Alex / Pages 271-291

Gothic Landscapes in Mary Butts’s Ashe of Rings
Foy, Roslyn Reso / Pages 293-305

About the editors:

Sharon Rose Yang is Professor of English at Worcester State University, USA. She both teaches and writes on the Gothic and nineteenth-century literature. She has published in nineteenth-century literature and is the author of Goddesses, Mages, and Wise Women: The Female Pastoral Guide in Sixteenth-and Seventeenth-Century English Drama.

Kathleen Healey is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Worcester State University, USA. Her research includes literature and the visual arts, Gothic Literature, and American Literature.

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