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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

Dracula 1931

Wuthering Heights

The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle