Radcliffe’s Heroes in Order of Uselessness

Ann Radcliffe, the ‘Great Enchantress’ of the early British Gothic, was one of the most famous and popular writers of her time. She’s the star Gothic reference in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey (1816) and a must-read for everyone who’s just starting their journey in the rise of the Gothic in the late 18th century. SheContinue reading “Radcliffe’s Heroes in Order of Uselessness”

Georgette Heyer and the Gothic

It’s Heyer week here at Romancing the Gothic! In book club, we’re reading The Quiet Gentleman (1951). On Saturday the class is ‘Rethinking the Gothic Romance: Georgette Heyer’. I’m aware that two quite disparate groups of people are interested in this week’s content and both groups might have their suspicions about exactly what Heyer andContinue reading “Georgette Heyer and the Gothic”

The Discerning Evil-Doer’s Guide to Gothic Villainy

Too many young villains today fall into error as soon as they begin their path, like an awkward child belly-flopping enthusiastically into a puddle. They believe that villainy is a simple case of evil-doing (ha!). A swift and effortless choice of wrong over right via the medium of a bullet or blade. A career pathContinue reading “The Discerning Evil-Doer’s Guide to Gothic Villainy”

The Gothic Heroine’s Survival Guide

Have you suddenly realised that you’re in a Gothic novel? (Key signs to look out for: you’ve been kidnapped at midnight, you have moved to an echoing mansion full of secrets, your husband has this beady ‘loves to kill’ glint in his eye, a mysterious portrait dominates the ruined castle to which you’ve been removed,Continue reading “The Gothic Heroine’s Survival Guide”

Mysterious Influences: Religion, Empathy and Illness in Victorian Queer Gothic – Bibliography

Today’s post is a guest post! This is @BronteSchiltz biography from her amazing Sunday Gothic class with us. You can tell I didn’t do it because it is fully and correctly formatted! So many good sources here. This is an ‘influences’ bibliography so not everything in it was talked about directly or referenced in theContinue reading “Mysterious Influences: Religion, Empathy and Illness in Victorian Queer Gothic – Bibliography”

‘I never saw a ghost except once in a dream’: The History of Gothic Dreams

This is the Bibliography from today’s #romancingthegothic class. There are some links. Hope they’re useful. PRIMARY TEXTS Anon. – ‘Dreams’ in Dublin Literary Gazette, 23 – 1830 Anon.  – ‘The Astrologer’s Prediction or the Maniac’s Fate’ – 1826 Charlotte Dacre – Zofloya – 1806 Daniel Defoe – The History of the Devil – 1724 DanielContinue reading “‘I never saw a ghost except once in a dream’: The History of Gothic Dreams”