Critical Approaches to Fen Gothic Literature

Critical Approaches to Fen Gothic Literature

By Gina Wisker

Anthem Studies in Gothic Literature

The book defines and discusses Fen Gothic, an example of regional Gothic inflected by geography, relationships of centre and margins, history, ecology and gender and the perspectives offered by related Gothic critical approaches. 

Hardback, 250 Pages

ISBN:9781839982033

September 2024

£80.00, $110.00

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About This Book

The book defines and discusses Fen Gothic, an example of regional Gothic inflected by geography, relationships of centre and margins, history, ecology and gender and the perspectives offered by related Gothic critical approaches. Fen Gothic is also understood through local myths, locations, and the historical, supernatural and human issues which are a major concern of work from this region. 

After introducing significant historical earlier work (1852–1931), for the most part, the focus is on contemporary works: Charles Dickens, Bleak House (1852–3); M.R. James, Ghost Stories (1931); Graham Swift, Waterland (1983); Susan Hill, The Woman in Black (1984); Fay Weldon, Growing Rich (1992); Rebecca Stott, Ghostwalk (2009); Sarah Perry, The Essex Serpent (2016); Daisy Johnson, Fen (2016); Julie Myerson, The Stopped Heart (2016)

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Author Information

Gina Wisker has written about and taught Gothic literature for over 30 years. She lives in Cambridge, in the Fens.

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Anthem Studies in Gothic Literature

Table of Contents

Introduction: Fen Gothic; Historical – Gothic Liminalities. Ghosts, Drowning and Disease; Disinterring Myth and History; Eels, Liminal Places and Ghosts; Divisions, Leaks, Invasions: Families and Houses on the Edge. Conclusion.

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