Resources: The Gothic

Masterpost of Free Gothic Literature & Theory

Classics
Vathek by William Beckford
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The Woman in White  & The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
The Monk by Matthew Lewis
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin
The Vampyre; a Tale by John Polidori
Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey
The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Short Stories and Poems
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce
Songs of Innocence & Songs of Experience by William Blake
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Pre-Gothic
Beowulf
The Divine Comedy  by Dante Alighieri
A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe
Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
Paradise Lost by John Milton
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Oedipus, King of Thebes by Sophocles
The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster

Gothic-Adjacent
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood
Jane Eyre & Villette by Charlotte Brontë
Lyrical Ballads, With a Few Other Poems by Coleridge and Wordsworth
The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
The Idiot & Demons (The Possessed) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells

Historical Theory and Background
The French Revolution of 1789 by John S. C. Abbott
Shakespearean Tragedy: Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth by A. C. Bradley
The Tale of Terror: A Study of the Gothic Romance by Edith Birkhead
On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle
Demonology and Devil-Lore by Moncure Daniel Conway
Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism by Inman and Newton
Daemonologie by James I & IV
On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
The Social Contract & Discourses by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Feminism in Greek Literature from Homer to Aristotle by Frederick Wright

Academic Theory
Introduction: Replicating Bodies in Nineteenth-Century Science and Culture by Will Abberley
Viewpoint: Transatlantic Scholarship on Victorian Literature and Culture by Isobel Armstrong
Theories of Space and the Nineteenth-Century Novel by Isobel Armstrong
The Higher Spaces of the Late Nineteenth-Century Novel by Mark Blacklock
The Shipwrecked salvation, metaphor of penance in the Catalan gothic by Marta Nuet Blanch 
Marching towards Destruction: the Crowd in Urban Gothic by Christophe Chambost
Women, Power and Conflict: The Gothic heroine and “Chocolate-box Gothic” by Avril Horner
Witchcraft in Shakespeare’s England by Carole Levin
Psychos’ Haunting Memories: A(n) (Un)common Literary Heritage by Maria Antónia Lima
‘Thrilled with Chilly Horror’: A Formulaic Pattern in Gothic Fiction by Aguirre Manuel
Ghosts in Shakespeare by John Mullan
The terms “Gothic” and “Neogothic” in the context of Literary History by O. V. Razumovskaja 
The Female Vampires and the Uncanny Childhood by Gabriele Scalessa 
Curating Gothic Nightmares by Heather Tilley
Elizabeth Bowen, Modernism, and the Spectre of Anglo-Ireland by James F. Wurtz
Hesitation, Projection and Desire: The Fictionalizing ‘as if…’ in Dostoevskii’s Early Works by Sarah J. Young
Intermediality and polymorphism of narratives in the Gothic tradition by Ihina Zoia 


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All of the sources above are publically accessible at the date of retrieval (17/5/2019). The Wellington Street Review makes no claims of ownership. The views held by the original authors are the authors’ own and do not necessarily reflect that of the Wellington Street Review or its staff. All sources are listed here for ease of access and the convenience of the reader.

Picture from The Temptation of St Anthony by Salvador Rosa, 1645

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