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The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales

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The Gothic tale has been with us for over two hundred years, but this collection is the first to illustrate the continuing strength of this special fictional tradition from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Gothic fiction is generally i Continue

The Gothic tale has been with us for over two hundred years, but this collection is the first to illustrate the continuing strength of this special fictional tradition from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Gothic fiction is generally identified from Horace Walpole's Castle of Otranto and the works of Ann Radcliffe, and with heroes and heroines menaced by feudal villains amid crumbling ruins. While the repertoire of claustrophobic settings, gloomy themes, and threatening atmosphere established the Gothic genre, later writers from Poe onwards achieved an ever greater sophistication, and a shift in emphasis from cruelty to decadence. Modern Gothic is distinguished by its imaginative variety of voice, from the chilling depiction of a disordered mind to the sinister suggestion of vampirism. This anthology brings together the work of writers such as Le Fanu, Hawthorne, Hardy, Faulkner, and Borges with their earliest literary forebears, and emphasizes the central role of women writers from Anna Laetitia Aikin to Isabel Allende and Angela Carter.While the Gothic tale shares some characteristics with the ghost story and tales of horror and fantasy, the present volume triumphantly celebrates the distinctive features that define this powerful and unsettling literary form.

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    gothic tale by oxford

    antes que nada les recomiendo que tengan u buen diccionario cuando menos en los primeros cuentos ya que es lenguaje un tatno viejo y hay partes que son confusas por sus abreviciones.Además, de tener tambien alguno de fránces ya que hay frases que con ...(continue)

    antes que nada les recomiendo que tengan u buen diccionario cuando menos en los primeros cuentos ya que es lenguaje un tatno viejo y hay partes que son confusas por sus abreviciones.Además, de tener tambien alguno de fránces ya que hay frases que contiene este libro.Dejando a un lado esto hhubo varios cuento que me parecieron buenos y voy amencionr alguos por su contenido andreas vesalius de anatomist,rappacini´s daughter by nathaniel hawthorne,bloody blench by marcel schwob,the adventure of the speckled band by conan doyle, the outsider by H.P. Lovecraft,sardonicus byray rusell, secret observations of the goat girl muy bueno by joyce carol oates y if you touched my heart by isabel allende por que hubo otros que a mi ver la narrativa era buea pero no tenian caso el que odie fue el the monkey de isak denisen, que aunque tiene muchas referencias buenas creo que escogieron mal su titulo.

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    An extensive, well thought collection of Gothic novels.
    It would be a must-read if you like the Gothic genre, but if that is the case, chances are you have already red most of the novels in this book

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    NickBert said on May 25, 2007 | Add your feedback

Book Details

  • Rating:
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  • English Books
  • Paperback 560 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0192862197
  • ISBN-13: 9780192862198
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publish date: 2001-08-23
  • Dimensions: 226 mm x 832 mm x 1,263 mm
  • Also available as: Hardcover
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