Gothic Literature : The Black Cat And The Raven, By Edgar Allan Poe

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Gothic texts are no longer of value due to their contextual irrelevance and simplistic content

Gothic literature is often undervalued by contemporary audiences, who may label modern texts as more complex in structure and style, or more relevant to a present-day understanding. Despite this, Gothic texts still remain of value and relevance in terms of culture, society, and the influence that they have had on contemporary works. The Gothic genre has evolved from its roots in traditional Gothic text The Castle of Otranto, to a variety of subgenres such as science fiction, via Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein, horror, through Edgar Allan Poe 's The Black Cat and The Raven, and various modern renditions and appropriations of their original texts. Although it appears as though the Gothic genre may have suffered from a decline in interest and popularity, the genre is often revived with modernisations and intertextual references which incorporate contemporary themes, ideas, and interests that appeal to various intended audiences and niche markets.

The Castle of Otranto redefined the way that literature and fiction were perceived upon its publication in 1764, and is considered to be the first Gothic novel. It is the foundation of all future Gothic works, and henceforth developed the simple and common stereotypes that would endure and evolve throughout modern Gothic texts. The formula of the gothic text relied typically of heavy aesthetics: the sublime, the traditional, and the…

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