London Gothic

London Gothic : Place, Space and the Gothic Imagination

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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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  • Hardback | 204 pages
  • 158 x 236 x 22mm | 458.13g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 1441106820
  • 9781441106827

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.
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...the contributors know the gothic tradition well and place their analyses in appropriate critical and historical discourse. Scholars of the 20th- and early-21st-century gothic tradition will appreciate the analysis of a wide range of threats occurring within metropolitan London--vampires, zombies, mutant creatures, and ghosts... These well-researched essays will provide readers with insights into the role of the urban as setting, atmosphere, and antagonist in the gothic. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty.--Choice Useful for scholars of the Gothic as a whole or studies of the city of London, London Gothic provides a fascinating look into the complicated narrative of the city's multifaceted past and present.--Sanford Lakoff 'Anne Witchard and Lawrence Phillips's compelling collection of essays locates the Gothic from the late 19th century to the present squarely in London geography from Bloomsbury to the suburbs. London Gothic develops a social analysis of the Gothic through novels, film and performance by drawing on a stimulating array of theoretical perspectives, from urban mappings to ecocriticism, thus contributing significantly to the study of the representation of London in literature and culture.'--Sanford Lakoff ""Gothic London" may be, as one the authors in this volume claims, a "fabulation of tourist operators," but London Gothic is a wide ranging and provocative collection of essays. From the sparsely populated suburban wasteland of a mid-nineteenth-century St. John's Wood, to the Thatcher-era "monument to . . . the supremacy of the motor car," the M25, to a post (zombie) apocalyptic Canary Wharf, London Gothic offers fascinating accounts of the places and spaces of the Gothic. The collection not only reveals unexpected urban and suburban locations for the uncanny and the revenant but theorizes usefully our imaginative experiences of those locations and our affective investments in the ubiquitous and contested genre of the Gothic. While the essays in this collection provide strikingly diverse accounts of London's Gothic, they also speak to each other in a lively and multifaceted conversation about what the Gothic has meant and continues to mean as a cultural mode."--Sanford Lakoff '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
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About Dr Anne Veronica Witchard

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).
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