Late Victorian Gothic Tales

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The introduction explores the many reasons for the Gothic revival, and how it spoke to the anxieties of the moment. Coming in such a place and at such an hour, it brought a thousand fantastic possibilities into his head This heady brew was caught nowhere better than in the revival of the Gothic tale in the late Victorian age, where the undead walked and evil curses, foul murder, doomed inheritance and sexual menace played on the stretched nerves of the new mass readerships. Pikaohjeet lainaamiseen. Lainaaminen iPhoneen tai iPadiin: Lue e-kirjaa verkossa 1.

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Lataa tiedosto omalle koneelle 1. Lainaaminen Android-laitteisiin: Lue e-kirjaa verkossa 1. Lainaaminen tietokoneella: Lue e-kirjaa verkossa 1. Kirjan tiedot. Aineiston tyyppi. Oxford University Press. Sosiaalinen media. Maybe too well Mar 10, Eric Orchard rated it it was amazing Shelves: gothic , horror , fairy-tales-and-ghosts.

The introduction has some of the best, most concise descriptions and explanations of Gothic writing that I've ever read. Some examples: " Every story is strong and some of the best ones are toward the end. The story Magic Lantern was a real revelation, it could almost be a contemporary story in its approach. Highly recommended. I read this anthology in one sitting, I just could not put it down. It contains some of the finest stories of late Victorian fiction and is the perfect book for someone starting to read more in the gothic genre.

While early gothic writing itself just presents the horror and supernatural elements, this period adds many intellectual levels and explores the terrors of modern soci I read this anthology in one sitting, I just could not put it down. While early gothic writing itself just presents the horror and supernatural elements, this period adds many intellectual levels and explores the terrors of modern society even deeper while combining tradition with modernism and touching upon issues like sexuality, morality, madness, race, etc.

I also recommend not to skip the introduction as it is very helpful and informative. This novel is an excellent survey of late Victorian gothic stories and I had great joy reading it. View 1 comment. I enjoyed almost all of these, with the unfortunate exception of the last, "Vaila", a longish story which attempts to recount The Fall of the House of Usher with sound. Croker's "The Dak Bungalow at Dakor".

I am slightly miffed that a collection of late Gothic stories included only two female author, considering women's prolixity in this genre. That being said, this is a perfect October read and a pretty informative book on the Gothic as a whole, especially the second-wave which found its summit in the latter half of the 19th century.

It's a good mix of Irish, Canadian and Anglo-Indian writers that tackle the terrors of modern society. As always, what I love about the Gothic is that it's such a lim I am slightly miffed that a collection of late Gothic stories included only two female author, considering women's prolixity in this genre. As always, what I love about the Gothic is that it's such a liminal kind of writing that touches upon issues or race, colonialism, queerness, morality, mythology, sexuality etc.

It combines tradition and modernism, tropes and ambiguity, fear and pleasure. It just rocks. Starting off with one of the gals. The narrator of this story is particularly interesting since he is obsessed with the female form and the old Greek gods and he's a doctor, to boot.

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Gothic narrators are so perverse and cool. Dionea is pretty badass too. The ending made me shiver, but the story as a whole was a bit underwhelming. Points for capitalizing on racial fear Dionea is a woman of color, of course. Not a shocking or gruesome tale, but Wilde's style is effortlessly enjoyable and brilliant.

The dark humor makes the whole story, because if this had been written in a tragic key, I doubt it would still be memorable. I also dig that pun in Savile's name savile - civil, eh, eh? A creepy and subversive ghost story, especially if you consider what is left out of the text. As a whole, it's perfectly serviceable, nothing impressive, but that subtext - oh, man , that subtext. I did not so much enjoy it as I kept wondering about it for days again, watch out for perverse narrator.

The real horror in this story is, of course, the racial Other.

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Not to spoil much, but two white men have to torture an Indian leper. Damn it, this is our second other female author and her story is a dud. Honestly, it might be the weakest of the bunch, solely because it does not go beyond "Indians murder white men, bungalow is haunted". I mean, I suppose you could infer that the murder at the center of the tale is an indirect sin of colonialism, but the writing and framing of the story do not encourage deeper readings. Not very thrilling either.

Sorry, Bithia. Arthur Conan Doyle, Lot No. I would have given it more points, but this mummy story is quite anti-climactic. The set-up is ingenious. A brilliant but mad student of Oriental languages finds a mummy and manages somehow to revive it and use it to harm his enemies. However, the ending is too clean-cut and dry and our main protagonist saves the day without any lasting moral or emotional repercussions.

Still, a fun read. Now this is how you do it. This is a climactic ending I really did not expect. Doyle plays with expectations perfectly. It's short and sweet, but absolutely chilling. A pretty inventive take on the ghost story.

Actually, I think it's a ghost-fairy story, which is quite something. And it's legitimately scary. Except, once again, the protagonist has a bit of an easy escape at the end. A very short story written by a French dandy.

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Nothing much happens, in fact it's a kind of meta-text on the genre and a detailed description of society's modern monsters. But the language and the humor are delicious. And it is quite creepy. A pretty routine ghost story, where the specter is more benevolent than anything else. Nothing much happens except, y'know, the signs of death are everywhere; we just don't pay attention. Holy Shit. Everything I heard about this story, the praise and the rich commentary - all warranted. This is a hell of a journey, intensely creepy, downright blood-curdling, but at the same time, enchanting and even melancholy.

This is what Dionea was striving to be, in terms of mythological horror. I will say I wanted more out of that ending, but given the format of the story, I suppose it fits perfectly and leaves you wanting more. Probably the most frustrating tale of the bunch. It's a story of natural and supernatural horror, Shakespearean revenge The language is to die for, I mean this man has somehow swallowed and refined several English and French dictionaries. That being said, this is Gothic at its most unrelenting and unpleasant. It's not a story you'll enjoy, but it is haunting and upsetting all the same.

I just need more fun in my Gothic, so I can't give it more points. Tedious, but remarkable, if that makes sense. Jan 14, jessa rated it liked it. I'm finding this book easier to read than most contemporary writing. Is that bad? Apr 18, Grace Durant rated it really liked it. I adore Gothic Fiction. Jun 11, TE rated it liked it. I've been reading a lot of literature from this period recently, but this is a unique volume. It includes more than just "ghost stories," but tales from this transformative period which reflect its most prominent characteristics. I liked that it included some of the Tales from the Empire, along with others which reflect an element of increasing globalization, and a veritable lack of comfort with what the colonizers were encountering.

There is certainly an element of "Orientalizing" in the storie I've been reading a lot of literature from this period recently, but this is a unique volume.

There is certainly an element of "Orientalizing" in the stories, which are replete with an otherworldly exoticism that's also somewhat uncomfortable for modern readers, but perhaps for a different reason. The volume is overall, as some other reviewers have noted, a collection of those things, some seemingly mundane, which disturbed Victorian authors and readers, who were increasingly encountering a changing world. As the introduction noted, the literature, like society and the prevailing culture and attitudes during the day, were transgressive and challenging of an old established order, which changed forever with the death of Queen Victoria in It's also something of an ominous warning of what was to come in the 20th century, just a few short years away, and the atrocity which no one could have contemplated.

I included some of the most important passages from the introduction below, as I think they do an admirable job of describing and defining "Gothic," a term not well understood in the modern sense, aside perhaps from the systematic challenging and transgression of borders and boundaries, where rules break down and life is lived in the margins. This is a worthwhile volume with some truly spooky and unsettling tales, well worth a read if you're a fan of suspense fiction: it certainly highlights the anxieties and insecurities of people of the period, who faced an evermore speedily changing world.

The enduring icons of the Gothic are entities that breach the absolute distinctions between life and death ghosts, vampires, mummies, zombies, Frankenstein's creature or between human and beast werewolves and other animalistic regressions, the creatures spliced together by Dr.

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