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I'm doing coursework in AS English and it's based on gothic.. what should I look out for in the novels ?
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Gothic literature is broadly literature which deals with supernatural or just plain scary events, intended to induce fear and suspense in the reader. As suggested in the name 'Gothic', which means 'medieval' in this sense, Gothic fiction tends to be about the dark and mysterious past encroaching on the present. This manifests itself in stories set in crumbling castles, etc.

I'm sure if you search for 'Gothic literature' you'll find some information on the internet. Wikipedia has quite a good article on it.
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I'm doing coursework in AS English and it's based on gothic.. what should I look out for in the novels ?
I am studying 'The Gothic' as a genre currently and there are lots of elements:
female desire, post structuralism such as subversion, gothic setting, the supernatural, the uncanny, liminal spaces. Feel free to ask anymore help if you want
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I am studying 'The Gothic' as a genre currently and there are lots of elements:
female desire, post structuralism such as subversion, gothic setting, the supernatural, the uncanny, liminal spaces. Feel free to ask anymore help if you want
Hey, thanks what texts are you studying ?
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Hey, thanks what texts are you studying ?
No worries!
Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'
'The Bloody Chamber' by Angela Carter (sort of feminist gothic, very good)
'Paradise Lost' John Milton

and you?
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Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'
'The Bloody Chamber' by Angela Carter (sort of feminist gothic, very good)
'Paradise Lost' John Milton

and you?
Also dracula and the bloody chamber
I am not too keen on the bloody chamber itself though.. probably because i am not familiar with the fairytale that carter based it on :/
How do you find studying gothic ?
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Dracula: Blood, the 'other', fear of invasion, transformation, sexuality, pursued protagonist.
The Bloody Chamber: Blood (obviously!), sexuality, female protagonist.
I've not studied Milton so I can't help you there, sorry
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i did my entire essay on the gothic literature. i used dracula and the haunting of hill house bny shirley jackson.so you cld look at these:
the setting,atmosphere,language,dict ion,characters and their development through the novel, supernatural, psychological effect of the the elements on the characters, literary devices like imageries, themes, etc., females, males, the main conflicting issue of the novel. for example in dracula its science v/s the traditions of the Carpethians, maddness, the architecture, the tone, the myths,tales or the historical basis of the novel, and what ever you think that is striking abount the novel.
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