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21st-century Gothic : great Gothic novels since 2000

Author: Danel Olson
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2011.
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These fifty-three essays look at the most impressive Gothic novels written around the world between 2000-2010. They discuss the merits of these novels, highlighting the influences and key components that make them worthy of inclusion. Contributors include David Punter, Jerrold Hogle, Karen F. Stein, Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Mary Ellen Snodgrass, Tony Magistrale, Don D'Ammassa, Mavis Haut, Walter Rankin, James Doig,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Danel Olson
ISBN: 9780810877283 0810877287 9780810877290 0810877295
OCLC Number: 654815752
Description: xxxiii, 675 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. From Asperger's Syndrome to Monosexual Reproduction: Stefan Brijs' The Angel Maker and its Transformations of Frankenstein / Jerrold E. Hogle --
2. The Sleep of Reason: Gothic Themes in Banquet for the Damned by Adam L. G. Nevill / James Marriott --
3. Beasts: Joyce Carol Oates and the Art of the Grotesque / Peter Bell --
4. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood as a Modern "Bluebeard" / Karen F. Stein --
5. Death and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak / Steve Rasnic Tem --
6. Cinematic Femme Fatales and Weimar Germany in Elizabeth Hand's The Bride of Frankenstein: Pandora's Bride / Marie Mulvey-Roberts --
7. Ghosts in a Mirror: Tabitha King and Michael McDowell's Candles Burning / Nancy A. Collins --
8. Repositioning the Bodies: Peter Ackroyd's The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein and Other Monstrous Retellings / Judith Wilt --
9. Marvels and Horrors: Terry Dowling's Clowns at Midnight / Leigh Blackmore --
10. What We Hide Within Us: Thoughts on Albert Sanchez Pinol's Cold Skin / Brian J. Showers --
11. Michel Faber, Feminism, and the Neo-Gothic Novel: The Crimson Petal and the White / Mary Ellen Snodgrass --
12. Shedding Light on the Gothic: Peter Straub's A Dark Matter / Brian Evenson --
13. Gothic Western Epic Fantasy: Encompassing Stephen King's Dark Tower Series / Tony Magistrale --
14. Wonder and Awe: Mysticism, Poetry, and Perception in Ramsey Campbell's The Darkest Part of the Woods / Adam L. G. Nevill --
15. Drac the Ripper: James Reese's The Dracula Dossier, Consciousness Disorders, and Nineteenth-Century Terror / Katherine Ramsland --
16. The New Southern Gothic: Cherie Priest's Four and Twenty Blackbirds, Wings to the Kingdom, and Not Flesh Nor Feathers / Don D'Ammassa --
17. Margot Livesey's Eva Moves the Furniture: Shifting the House of Gothic / Tunku Halim --
18. Fatal Women and Their Stratagems: Tanith Lee Writing as Esther Garber / Mavis Haut --
19. A Monster Sensation: Victorian Traditions Celebrated and Subverted in Sarah Waters's Fingersmith / Lisa Tuttle --
20. Fairy Goth-Mothers: Maternal Wish Fulfillment in Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden / Walter Rankin --
21. In Praise of She Wolves: The Native American Eco-Gothic of Louise Erdrich's Four Souls / Danel Olson --
22. Andrew Davidson's The Gargoyle: Canadian Gothic / Karen Budra --
23. The Perils of Reading: The Gothic Elements of John Harwood's The Ghost Writer / James Doig --
24. Making Fish Out of Men: Gothic Uncertainty in Gould's Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan / Robert Hood --
25. Raised By the Dead: The Maturational Gothic of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book / Richard Bleiler --
26. Death Comes in the Mail: The Relentless Malevolence of Joe Hill's Heart-Shaped Box / Darrell Schweitzer --
27. Vlad Lives! The Ultimate Gothic Revenge in Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian / Danel Olson --
28. Gothic New York in James Lasdun's The Horned Man / Nicholas Royle --
29. Economies of Leave-Taking in Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves / Laurence A. Rickels --
30. Dread and Decorum in Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell / Douglass H. Thomson --
31. Renovation is Hell, and Other Gothic Truths Deep Inside Jennifer Egan's The Keep / Danel Olson --
32. Nancy Drew Goes Gothic? The Little Friend by Donna Tartt / Lucy Taylor --
33. The Tyranny of Time and Identity: Overcoming the Past in Gregory Maguire's Lost / Jason Colavito --
34. "And That Was the Reason I Perished": Trauma's Transformative Potential in Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones / August Tarrier --
35. Deadly Words: The Gothic Slumber Song of Chuck Palahniuk's Lullaby / Sue Zlosnik --
36. His Dark Materials: Gothic Resurrections and Insurrections in Patrick McGrath's Martha Peake / Carol Margaret Davison --
37. The Vigilante in Michael Cox's The Meaning of Night: A Confession / Heather L. Duda --
38. London Demons: Cursed, Trapped, and Haunted in William Heaney's (Graham Joyce's) Memoirs of a Master Forger / K. A. Laity --
39. Haunting Voices, Haunted Text: Toni Morrison's A Mercy / Ruth Bienstock Anolik --
40. Borderline Gothic: Phil Rickman and the Merrily Watkins Series / John Whitbourn --
41. Narrative and Regeneration: The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff / Graham Joyce --
42. Educating Kathy: Clones and Other Creatures in Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go / Linda Ogston --
43. Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men: Western Gothic / Deborah Biancotti --
44. Jeffrey Ford's The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque: A Picturesque Terror / Charles Tan --
45. Gothic Maternity: The Pumpkin Child by Nancy A. Collins / Karin Beeler --
46. Natuso Kirino's Real World: Murder and the Grotesque through Teenage Eyes / Edward P. Crandall --
47. The Longest Gothic Goodbye in the World: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events / Danel Olson --
48. A Labyrinth of Mirrors: Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Shadow of the Wind / James Cortese --
49. An Icy Allegory of Cultural Survival: Gothic Themes in Dan Simmons's The Terror / Van Piercy --
50. Are They All Horrid? Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale and the Validity of Gothic Fiction / Reggie Oliver --
51. Snakes, Bulls, and the Preoccupations of History: Alan Garner's Thursbitch / David Punter --
52. Gothic, Romantic, or Just Sadomasochistic? Gender and Manipulation in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga / June Pulliam --
53. Shaggy Dog Stories: Jonathan Carroll's White Apples as Unconventional Afterlife Fantasy / Bernice M. Murphy.
Other Titles: Twenty-first century Gothic
Responsibility: edited by Danel Olson.


Selected by a poll of more than 180 Gothic specialists, the fifty-three original works discussed in 21st-Century Gothic represent the most impressive Gothic novels written around the world between  Read more...
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Olson's anthology, which has a perceptive Foreword by horror scholar S.T. Joshi and an equally impressive Introduction by Olson, is an absolute must for university library collections, and for other Read more...

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