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Gothic Literature: Gothic Literature

A guide for year 10 English students studying Gothic Literature.

Gothic Literature

 Read this overview of Gothic Literature.

 Search terms:

  • British Romanticism                     
  • Dark Romanticism                  
  • Romanticism
  • British Gothic
  • American Gothic
  • Terror/Terror Stories
  • Gothic Literature
  • Gothic Fiction
  • The Sublime
  • Supernatural
  • Horror
  • Southern Gothic

Gothic Themes:

  • Anti-hero
  • Supernatural Forces
  • Fascination with death, decay
  • Corruption (often of human nature)
  • Fascination with misdeeds of the past
  • Doppelgangers
  • The Sublime
  • Paranoia
  • Madness
  • Religious Misdeeds or Guilt (Southern Gothic)
  • Dark, often haunted settings (Abbeys, Graveyards, Castles)
  • The Supernatural/Ghosts
  • Disintegration of the American Dream (American/"California" Gothic)

Useful Weblinks



Books and Authors

The Gothic

Professor John Bowen of the British Library discusses key motifs of the Gothic

Dracula 1931


Wuthering Heights 1970

The Hound of the Baskervilles 1988