Revisions and returns: the Gothic novel in the twenty-first century

Smith, C., 2022. Revisions and returns: the Gothic novel in the twenty-first century. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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This thesis is an investigation of the rise of the Anglophonic Gothic novel in the twenty-first century and the manner in which contemporary authors have revised the mode for a modern reader. Using a metamodern approach, this research examines how modern writers utilise the postmodern concepts of historical re-conceptualism and the historiographic metafictional novel, revising the Gothic novel for a contemporary reader.

This thesis explores six key motifs of Gothic literature: time and narrative, death, ancestry and inheritance, gender identity, religion, and queer representation. A particular focus is given to the illustration of identity in contemporary Gothic novels, both communal and individual, and applies a metamodern understanding to the idea as it represented in modern culture. Each concept is studied in detail with regards to a range of pertinent twenty-first-century Gothic novels, and this research demonstrates the evolution of these motifs from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Gothic works to the present day.

Current studies into contemporary Gothic have been aimed towards the genre’s incorporation into a variety of media – its appearance and use in film, television, fashion, and music to name a few areas – rather than a particular focus on literary studies. A range of texts from the last twenty years has been selected for analysis, varying from those that emulate a more traditional Gothic setting to those that experiment with genre hybridisation. This thesis makes an original contribution to knowledge by focusing specifically on the Gothic novel in the twenty-first century.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Smith, C.
Date: July 2022
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Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 28 Mar 2023 11:08
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2023 11:08

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