By Mary Ellen Snodgrass
From the origins of the move within the 18th century to modern writers similar to Stephen King, this A-to-Z consultant to Gothic literature covers an unlimited array of works and writers from Britain and the USA, in addition to numerous genres - novels, brief tales, poetry, performs, or even a number of influential movies and artistic endeavors. The vast Encyclopedia of Gothic Literature completely examines this more and more well known subject.
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9 (1968): 12–19. James, Jamie. “The Caliph of Fonthill,” American Scholar 72, no. 1 (winter 2003): 67–79. Scott, John. “The Rise and Fall of Fonthill Abbey,” British History Illustrated 2, no. 3 (1975): 2–11. Stevens, David. The Gothic Tradition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. Bellefleur Joyce Carol Oates (1980) Written shortly after Joyce Carol OATES settled in Princeton, New Jersey, her complex horror tale Bellefleur is the first in a series of four Gothic novels that comment on contemporary issues.
The shabby, ill-kept decks attest to a symbolic decline of morality in the New World brought on by slavery. Delano envisions himself in a stereotypical Gothic setting, “in some far inland country; prisoner in some deserted château, left to stare at empty grounds, and peer out at vague roads, where never wagon or wayfarer passed” (Melville, 200). A shocking splintering of a rotted balustrade is a symbol of secret corruption, but the naive Delano fails to interpret an increasing number of ominous signs.
An eyewitness foresees the coming battle with the child’s spirit: “People who die bad don’t stay in the ground” (Morrison, 188). The woman-centered ghost story serves as a fiction of conscience and bears witness to human misery that refuses to be quieted. Guilt and pain so overshadow Sethe’s Ohio home that her fellow sufferer, Paul D, senses a venomous presence as soon as he reunites with his old friend. From abuse by her Kentucky masters, Sethe bears the outlines of a chokecherry tree on her back and the ghost of Beloved all around her.