This collection of essays explores the thesis that Shakespeare as we know him today was born in the eighteenth century, at the same time as the Gothic tradition, first named by Horace Walpole in 1764. The two are inextricable. Writers interested in pursuing 'Gothic' themes and forms (the supernatural events and generic hybrids decried by French neoclassicism) justified their aesthetic choices as following the example of their great - and emphatically English - precursor. They cited him in their epigraphs and appropriated ...

Shakespearean Gothic 2010, University of Wales Press

ISBN-13: 9780708320938

2nd edition


Shakespearean Gothic 2009, University of Wales Press, Wales

ISBN-13: 9780708320921