Anne Williams's Art of Darkness: A Poetics of Gothic PDF

By Anne Williams

ISBN-10: 0226899063

ISBN-13: 9780226899060

ISBN-10: 0226899071

ISBN-13: 9780226899077

Art of Darkness is an formidable try to describe the foundations governing Gothic literature. Ranging throughout 5 centuries of fiction, drama, and verse—including stories as assorted as Horace Walpole's The fort of Otranto, Shelley's Frankenstein, Coleridge's The Rime of the traditional Mariner, and Freud's The Mysteries of Enlightenment—Anne Williams proposes 3 new premises: that Gothic is "poetic," no longer novelistic, in nature; that there are parallel Gothic traditions, female and male; and that the Gothic and the Romantic symbolize a unmarried literary tradition.

Building at the psychoanalytic and feminist conception of Julia Kristeva, Williams argues that Gothic conventions equivalent to the haunted fort and the relatives curse represent the autumn of the patriarchal relations; Gothic is consequently "poetic" in Kristeva's feel since it unearths these "others" customarily pointed out with the feminine. Williams identifies distinctive female and male Gothic traditions: within the Male plot, the protagonist faces a merciless, violent, and supernatural global, with no desire of salvation. the feminine plot, against this, asserts the ability of the brain to understand a global which, although mysterious, is finally good. through displaying how Coleridge and Keats used either female and male Gothic, Williams demanding situations approved notions approximately gender and authorship one of the Romantics. Lucidly and gracefully written, Art of Darkness alters our figuring out of the Gothic culture, of Romanticism, and of the relatives among gender and style in literary history.

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