Essay on Gothic Literature : The Gothic Genre

1179 Words Nov 10th, 2016 5 Pages
In this pre-rational, I’ll be exploring the Gothic genre in regards to its history, development, the key elements that classify certain literature as Gothic and the authors that made this genre successful. Next, I’ll examine the themes and content of my chosen text, Dracula and how it classifies as gothic literature in regards to the key elements. I’ll also discuss a handful of adaptations made based on Stoker’s Dracula over the centuries and how well they did regarding their interpretation as well as what I have learned from them. Finally, I’ll explain the development of my creative piece, Hell Hath No Fury; outline the premise 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.
Our understanding of Gothic literature is that it is commonly known as a combination of horror and romanticism. Having said that, it was in the hands of Edgar Allan Poe when the gothic began its association with horror. However, Goth was original 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.” 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…

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