Essay on Gothic Literature : The Gothic Genre

1652 Words Nov 13th, 2016 7 Pages
In this pre-rational, I’ll explore the Gothic genre in regards to its history, development, key elements that identifies as Gothic literature, and authors that made this genre successful. Next, I’ll examine the themes and content of my chosen text Dracula and how it salsify the gothic literature criteria. I’ll also discuss a handful of recent adaptations based on Stoker’s Dracula; flourishing with varies interpretation, as well as what I have learned from them. Finally, I’ll explain the development of my creative piece, Hell Hath No Fury; outlining the concept of the story, how I’m changing the gothic genre, the research I have done so far and will need to do, and why I have chosen to do this.
We understand Gothic literature as a combination of horror and romanticism. Having said that, it was in the hands of Edgar Allan Poe when gothic began its association with horror. However, Goth was originally defined “in the terms of Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary of 1775, as ‘one not civilized, one deficient in general knowledge, a barbarian,” which is due to its medieval background as “invaders and destroyers of the great Roman civilization.” Thus, appropriate considering how it unsettles the Victorian psyche. This is a genre we mostly associate with not only the appearance of supernatural creatures but also the Victorian era, despite the first gothic text, The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole was published in 1764. The genre became successful through authors such as Mary Shelley,…

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