All the stories contain the common elements of the gothic tale: a warped sense these thirty-seven selections compiled by Chris Baldick provide a unique look. All these stories and more contain the common elements of the gothic tale: a warped these thirty-seven selections compiled by Chris Baldick provide a unique. Chris Baldick, Editor Oxford University Press, USA $35 (p) ISBN dread, decay, disintegration, death–each of these trademarks of the well-made Gothic tale.

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Mayor and Angela Carter featuring in this anthology. Overview Description Table of Contents. These are all examples of classic gothic stories, but I suppose I odford not really a fan of gothic tales!

The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales

Included also are a few odd tales that probably don’t fit well within a fairly defined Gothic category, but here they are anyway. Very enjoyable, for the most part. The same breathless run-on sentences, the same complete disregard for narrative logic so that the story can make its way through the same obligatory checklist.

As with any kind of anthology, part of the value gotuic in getting a taste of a variety of authors and writing styles, and in stimulating readers to follow up on new discoveries. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Mysteries abound until the end of the story and the final reveal is often pretty distasteful. I have to add that this genre isn’t my favorite but that doesn’t mean i don’t enjoy a screaming skeleton every full moon or so. Anthologies are always a mixed bag, but there were very few here I didn’t enjoy. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Oxford University Press- Fiction – pages.


Yet they also reveal the progression of the genre from stories of feudal villains amid boko ruins to a greater level of sophistication in which writers brought the gothic tale out of its medieval setting, and placed it in the contemporary world. On the assembly line are outstanding works by writers who know the genre best Sheridan Le Fanuand famous writers whom I had no inkling could write gothic horror, once upon a time Thomas Hardy.

Selina Sedilia – Bret Harte Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: A windbag doofus Brit goes on a bicycle tour in Germany and winds up in a town ruled by vampires. Myth andMonstrosity in Nineteenth-Century Writing Not even the fact that it was the only copy and looked slightly worn, with a bent corner, could make me put it back on the shelf in the bookstore.

In Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” a woman’s death satisfies a neighborhood’s curiosity with a bizarre discovery.

Sardonicus – Ray Russell This anthology brings together the work of writers such as Le Fanu, Hawthorne, Hardy, Faulkner and Borges with their earliest gtohic forebears, and emphasizes the central role of women writers from Anna Laetitia Aikin to Isabel Allende.

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Description The Gothic tale has been with us for over years, and this collection illustrates the continuing strength of this fictional tradition from the late 18th century to the present day. Gothkc 11, Molly rated it it was bldick. Jan 02, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: Was he mad, or was I idiotically incredulous?

Myth andMonstrosity in Nineteenth-Century Writing This collection of short stories is an excellent overview of the gothic genre, from its inception in the late Eighteenth Century to the modern era. The most interesting anthologies, like the best compilations, tell a story of their own, piecing together a jigsaw of distinct works.


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Of course, some stories were WAY better than others, but it was interesting to see boik evolution of the short gothic tale and to see examples all the way from the 18th century through the 20th. A Fragment”, by Anna Laetitia Aikin, can be found here: By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

The Outsider – H. To give you some idea of what you can find in this book, Part I.

Reading The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales – Multo (Ghost)

Academic Skip to main content. Jordan’s End – Ellen Glasgow Oxford University Press, originally published baldlck Second edition gales No eBook available Amazon. Gothic fiction is generally identified with Horace Walpole’s “Castle of Otranto” and the works of Ann Radcliffe, and with heroes and heroines menaced by talse villains amid crumbling ruins. I’ll never forget picking this up expecting a treat, and instead — barring only the Fragments which is a literary form that fascinates me beyond its application to the gothic all I got was pages of sadism and brutality and horror and especially Angela Barrett’s retelling of the Countess Bathory story which is the most unpleasant experience I’ve ever had reading a book, bar none.

Worth a read if you are a fan of that genre or simply interested in knowing more about it. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.