Welcome to the Gothic Readings WikiEdit
Starting in the late 18th century, Gothic literature put themes of the past and investigations of the supernatural, magical and sublime into the forefront of popular culture. In stark opposition to the ideals of the Enlightenment, Gothic literature dealt with the value of feelings and sensibility. While Horace Walpole's Castle of Otranto and Ann Radcliff'es The Mysteries of Udolpho are among the best known Gothic novels of this period, and the contrast between Radcliff'es "Female Gothic" and Matthew Lewis' "Male Gothic" a common query, this wikia attempts to add lesser-known novels and plays to the discussion. We have searched two databases to uncover forgotten or little-known Gothic works: Eighteenth Century Collections Online and Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles. Our findings are described below.
Table of Contents: Rediscovered Gothic WorksEdit
====- The Contrast, by Elizabeth Sarah Villa-Real Gooch==== ====- The Black Castle: An Introduction, C.F. Barrett==== ====-The Fatal Sisters: or the Castle of the Forest: a Dramatic Romance of Five Acts==== ====- Glossary of Gothic Terms====
====-Confessions of the Nun of St. Omer==== ====-The Horrors of Oakendale Abbey Report==== ====-The Necromancer==== ====-Santa-Maria====
Why This Wiki Was Created?Edit
This wiki was created in an effort to rediscover and analyze gothic works that had, for all intents and purposes, been lost to the ravages of time. As a class, we dove deep into literary databases and set out to look at these works with an academic eye and compared them to other, more popular works. We used themes like Feminie and Masculine gothic, the explained supernatural, sensibility, and sublime. This was most likely the first time any of these works had been read in many years, and likely the first time ever that they were examined with an academic lean. That was the goal, and this wiki was created to display our findings.
What The Gothic Readings Wiki Hopes to AchieveEdit
The Gothic Readings wiki hopes to become the primary source for information when it comes to gothic novels, plays, themes, ideals and authors. With this database, we hope to provide a helpful and insightful place for interested people to access knowledge that they would have been hard-pressed to find elsewhere.
Table of ContentsEdit
The Black CastleEdit
The Fatal SistersEdit
Theatres and CitiesEdit
Confessions of the Nun of St. OmerEdit
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