London Gothic

London Gothic

Hardback Continuum Literary Studies

Edited by Lawrence Phillips, Edited by Anne Witchard


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  • Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Hardback | 204 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 236mm x 22mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 22 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1441106820
  • ISBN 13: 9781441106827
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations

Product description

London has taken a central role in urban Gothic, from key canonic texts like Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The Picture of Dorian Gray and Dracula through modern Gothic texts to the 'tourist gothic' of rebranded gastropubs and ghost tours. As a specific category, London Gothic is becoming as important for understanding ourselves today as it has been for thinking about the cultural productions of the late-nineteenth century. This is the first book to focus on Gothic representations of London, offering a range of essays from established and new scholars reading London Gothic as it is manifested in a variety of media and through varied critical approaches.

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Author information

Lawrence Phillips is Reader in English Literature at the University of Northampton, UK. He is the founding editor of the academic e-journal Literary London Interdisciplinary Studies in the Representation of London ( and an organiser of the annual Literary London Conference which has run since 2002. Anne Witchard is a Lecturer in the department of English and Linguistics at the University of Westminster, UK. She is author of Thomas Burke's Dark Chinoiserie (Ashgate, 2009).

Review quote

'The high quality of the material was to be expected... but it is rare for an edited collection to touch on so many different socio-cultural loci and still break new ground.'--Sanford Lakoff

Table of contents

List of Figures; List of Contributors; Acknowledgements Introduction, Lawrence Phillips and Anne Witchard; PART I: VICTORIANS TO MODERNS AND NEO-VICTORIAN; 1. Towards a Phenomenology of Urban Gothic: Consciousnous, Identity, and Subjective Experience of Place in Dickens' Journalism, Julian Wolfreys; 2. 'A fatal freshness': Victorian suburbophobia, Anne Witchard (Westminster, UK); 3 . 'The City of Resurrections': Arthur Machen's Gothic London, Amanda Mordavsky Caleb (Tennessee-Knoxville, USA); 4. A Bloomsbury Noir: A Question of Method, Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck, UK); 5. MetaVictorian Transformations, Martyn Colebrook (Hull, UK) and Mark Williams (UEA, UK); PART II: CONTEMPORARY PROSE NARRATIVES; 6. 'Where the evil is': Derek Raymond's Gothic London, Nick Freeman (Loughborough, UK); 7. 'This Light was Pale and Ghostly': Stewart Home, Gentrification and the Gothic Destruction of 'London', Alex Murray (Exeter, UK); 8. '[T]hat eventless realm': Hilary Mantel's Beyond Black and the ghosts of the M25, Catherine Spooner (Lancaster, UK); 9. Rats, Floods and Flowers: London's Gothicized Nature, Jenny Bavidge (Greenwich, UK); PART III: PERFORMANCE AND FILM; 10. Tourist Gothic: Performing Gothic London, Emma McEvoy (Westminster, UK); 11. Haunted Particulars: Making Gothic Site-Specific Theatre in London from The St Pancras Project to The Masque of the Red Death, Karoline Gritzner (Aberystwyth, UK); 12. Zombie London, Fred Botting (Lancaster, UK); 13. What lies beneath: London Underground and contemporary Gothic fantasy and horror, Lawrence Phillips (Northampton, UK); Index.