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Romanticism and the Gothic
Genre, Reception, and Canon Formation

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

  • Date Published: January 2005
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  • isbn: 9780511034633

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About the Authors
  • This is the first full-length study to examine the links between high Romantic literature and what has often been thought of as a merely popular genre--the Gothic. Michael Gamer analyzes how and why Romantic writers drew on Gothic conventions while, at the same time, denying their influence in order to claim critical respectability. He shows how the reception of Gothic literature played a fundamental role in the development of Romanticism as an ideology, tracing the politics of reading, writing and reception at the end of the eighteenth century.

    • The first book to make the relationship between Romantic and Gothic writing its central focus
    • The Gothic has become a topic of enormous interest in literary studies. Best-selling CSR book to date is The Rise of Supernatural Fiction (1995)
    • Offers an original contribution to the understanding of genre by focusing on the impact of reception, marketing and audience
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Michael Gamer's astute monograph has not only given a convincing historical account of how the prior existence of the gothic as a genre affected three important writers at the beginning of the nineteenth century, but has done so in a way that suggests the more general value of his methods." Studies in Romanticism

    "An exemplary historicist account of the troubled formations of "Romantic" authorship....a lucid and persuasive work that brings real illumination to the murky origins of the Romantic ideology." Nineteenth Century Literature

    "This book has opened up a fascinating and compelling line of inquiry." Notes and Queries

    "Gamer's book...makes a real contribution to our thinking about questions that have seldom been asked before." Romantic Circles

    "[A] valuable new book." European Romantic Review

    "An impressive first book. [,,.] Gamer writes wonderfully about Lyrical Ballads. Eighteenth-Century Studies

    "Each chapter demonstrates again Gamer's solid grasp of the material nature of literary production and deserves close reading by students of both gothicism and romanticism...His careful scholarship and clear line of argument will undoubtedly inform continuing work on the subject." Romanticism on the Net

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511034633
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    A note on the text
    Introduction: Romanticism's 'pageantry of fear'
    1. Gothic, reception and production
    2. Gothic and its contexts
    3. 'Gross and violent stimulants': producing Lyrical Ballads 1798 and 1800
    4. National supernaturalism: Joanna Baillie, Germany, and the Gothic drama
    5. 'To foist thy stale romance': Scott, antiquarianism, and authorship

  • Author

    Michael Gamer

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