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Approaches to Teaching Gothic Fiction
The British and American Traditions

Editor(s): Diane Long Hoeveler, Tamar Heller

Pages: xiv & 310 pp.
Published: 2003
ISBN: 9780873529075

"An excellent, indispensable volume, which is impressive in its breadth, depth, and detail. It offers a wealth of material not only for anyone who teaches a course on Gothic traditions in Britain, Ireland, and the United States but also for anyone who teaches the nineteenth-century British novel in general, Sarah Orne Jewett, contemporary American film, or any number of other specific topics covered here. A substantial contribution to the field of Gothic studies."
Eugenia C. DeLamotte, Arizona State University


The casebound edition of this title is out of print.

Recent decades have seen a revival of scholarly interest in Gothic fiction. Critics are attracted to the genre's exploration of irrationality, to its dark representation of the bourgeois family and of the psychological effects of social conflict. Because of this critical interest and because of the enduring popularity of the genre from the eighteenth century to the present, the Gothic has become increasingly visible on college syllabi.

This volume, like others in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, is divided into two parts. The first part, "Materials," gives information on available editions, anthologies, reference works, background sources, critical studies, films, and Web sites of value in teaching Gothic fiction. The second part, "Approaches," contains twenty-eight essays that define the genre; examine its connections to history, philosophy, feminism, social criticism; show its different forms in England, Ireland, the United States; and probe its themes--including such motifs as ghosts, castles, entrapped heroines, and animated corpses.

Among the many authors discussed are Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Ann Radcliffe, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Wilkie Collins, Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson, Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Toni Morrison.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching Gothic Fiction: The British and American Traditions

Part 1: MATERIALS
Tamar Heller

Some Results of the Survey

Editions

The Instructor's Library
Reference and Background Sources
Historical Background
Critical Background: Overviews of the Tradition and its History
Criticism by Period
The Gothic Pantheon: Selected Criticism
Critical Approaches

Readings for Students

Aids to Teaching

Part Two: APPROACHES

Teaching the Backgrounds

"And Still Insists He Sees the Ghosts": Defining the Gothic
Judith Wilt

Philosophy and the Gothic Novel
Marshall Brown

The Gothic and Ideology
Robert Miles

Teaching the Gothic through the Visual Arts
Stephen C. Behrendt

The Horrors of Misogyny: Feminist Psychoanalysis in the Gothic Classroom
Anne Williams

Teaching the Gothic and the Scientific Context
Carol A. Senf

Teaching the British Gothic Tradition

The First English Gothic Novel: Walpole's The Castle of Otranto
James Norton

Early Women's Gothic Writing: Historicity and Canonicity in Clara Reeve's The Old English Baron and Sophia Lee's The Recess
Angela Wright

Teaching the Early Female Canon: Gothic Feminism in Wollstonecraft, Radcliffe, Austen, Dacre, and Shelley
Diane Long Hoeveler

Suffering through the Gothic: Teaching Radcliffe
Cannon Schmitt

Teaching the Male Gothic: Lewis, Beckford, and Stevenson
Scott Simpkins

Teaching the Homosocial in Godwin, Hogg, and Wilde
Ranita Chatterjee and Patrick M. Horan

Teaching the Gothic Novel and Dramatic Adaptations
Marjean D. Purinton

Teaching Irish Gothic: Big-House Displacements in Maturin and Le Fanu
Mark M. Hennelly, Jr.

Fear of Furniture: Commodity Gothicism and the Teaching of Victorian Literature
Tricia Lootens

Hearts of Darkness: Teaching Race, Gender, and Imperialism in Victorian Gothic Literature
Tamar Heller

Surveying the Vampire in Nineteenth-Century British Literature
Daniel Scoggin

Teaching Contemporary Female Gothic: Murdoch, Carter, Atwood
Susan Allen Ford

Teaching the American Gothic Tradition

Historicizing the American Gothic: Charles Brockden Brown's Wieland
Teresa A. Goddu

Using Narrative Form to Teach Poe's Gothic Fiction
Richard Fusco

Teaching the Doppelgänger in American Gothic Fiction: Poe and James
A. A. Markley

The Fall of the House of the Seven Gables and Other Ambiguities of the American Gothic
Laura Dabundo

Supernatural Transmissions: Turn-of-the-Century Ghosts in American Women's Fiction: Jewett, Freeman, Wharton, and Gilman
Kathy Justice Gentile

Teaching the African American Gothic: From Its Multiple Sources to Linden Hills and Beloved
Jerrold E. Hogle

Making the Case: Teaching Stephen King and Anne Rice through the Gothic Tradition
Bette B. Roberts

Specific Classroom Contexts

Teaching the Gothic in an Interdisciplinary Honors Class
Sandy Feinstein

Involving Resistant Readers: Exploring the Gothic through Role-Playing and Identity Writing
Mark James Morreale

Teaching Gothic Literature through Filmic Adaptations
Wheeler Winston Dixon

Works Cited

Index


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