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Accidental migrations : an archaeology of gothic discourse /
Edward H. Jacobs.
Lewisburg, [PA] : Bucknell University Press ; London ; Cranbury, N.J. : Associated University Presses, c2000.
295 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
0838754295 (alk. paper)
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Lewisburg, [PA] : Bucknell University Press ; London ; Cranbury, N.J. : Associated University Presses, c2000.
0838754295 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-05-01:
Jacobs (Old Dominion Univ.) offers perspectives, chiefly from a Foucauldian platform, on the gothic "migrations" from history to literature. He indicates how viewpoints concerning the gothic peoples of north-central Europe initially shaped conceptions of the Goths--viewpoints not originating with Tacitus. He goes on to discuss how such conceptions migrated into British thought--particularly political thought and newspaper setups--on into the composition of gothic novels and the makeup of circulating libraries that contributed to the popularity of such reading (which has often been considered the production of women-authored fiction for primarily female reading audiences). He presents close readings of Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto, the first gothic novel, and of Ann Radcliffe's The Italian and Eliza Parsons's The Mysterious Warning, two works that were immensely popular during the 1790s and some years thereafter, during the zenith of the gothic-novel craze. Jacobs did cons iderable homework in materials bearing directly on literary gothicism, its historical antecedents, and theoretical studies. Although not everyone will concur with his opinions, his book will no doubt provoke other approaches to areas he addresses. A densely textured discussion, useful to graduate students through faculty. B. F. Fisher University of Mississippi
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This book offers a powerful and new consideration of the nature of the Gothic. It demonstrates how all of the discursive traditions associated with the English word "Gothic" make language interact with migration, collection and display, balance, and rediscovery. Accidental Migrations makes a notable contribution to the theorization and reconsideration of eighteenth-century historiography.

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