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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Product details

  • Paperback | 204 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 14mm | 299.37g
  • Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1441185127
  • 9781441185129
  • 1,613,021

Table of contents

1. Introduction Anne Witchard and Laurence Phillips; Part I: Victorians to Moderns; 2. Towards a Phenomenology of Urban Gothic: The Example of Dickens Julian Wolfreys; 3. 'A fatal freshness': Mid-Victorian Suburbophobia Anne Witchard; 4. 'A City of Nightmares': Suburban Anxiety in Arthur Machen's Gothic London Amanda Mordavsky Caleb; 5. An Occult Gazetteer of Bloomsbury: An Experiment in Method Roger Luckhurst; Part II: Contemporary Prose Narratives; 6. 'This Light was Pale and Ghostly': Stewart Home, Horror and the Gothic Destruction of 'London' Alex Murray; 7. '[T]hat eventless realm': Hilary Mantel's Beyond Black and the Ghosts of the M25 Catherine Spooner; 8. 'Where The Evil Is': The London of Derek Raymond Nick Freeman; 9. Rats, Floods and Flowers: London's Gothicized Nature Jenny Bavidge; Part III: Performance and Film; 10. Gog and Magog: Guardians of the city J.S. Mackley; 11. 'West End Ghosts and Southwark Horrors': London'd Gothic Tourism Emma McEvoy; 12. Zoombie London: Unexceptionalities of the New World Order Fred Botting; 13. What lies beneath: The London Underground and Contemporary Gothic Film Horror Lawrence Phillips; Notes on Contributors; Index.
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About Dr Anne Veronica Witchard

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). Lawrence Phillips is Professor 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.
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