Thursday, October 23, 2008

Gothic Lit

With Halloween approaching now is the perfect time to get into some scary gothic literature! What is gothic literature? The Oxford Companion to English Literature defines it as works of literature characterized by “the stranglehold of the past upon the present, or the encroachment of the ‘dark’ ages of oppression upon the ‘enlightened’ modern era. In Gothic romances and tales this theme is embodied typically in enclosed and haunted settings such as castles, crypts, convents, or gloomy mansions, in images of ruin and decay, and in episodes of cruelty, and persecution.” Here are some classic and contemporary titles all available at Leach Library:

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Keep by Jennifer Egan
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
The Shining by Stephen King
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Dracula by Bram Stoker

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