All the stories contain the common elements of the gothic tale: a warped sense these thirty-seven selections compiled by Chris Baldick provide a unique look. All these stories and more contain the common elements of the gothic tale: a warped these thirty-seven selections compiled by Chris Baldick provide a unique. Chris Baldick, Editor Oxford University Press, USA $35 (p) ISBN dread, decay, disintegration, death–each of these trademarks of the well-made Gothic tale.

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Learn how your comment data is processed. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Anyone interested in the Gothic genre should start, yes, with the classic novels.

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Gohtic although there were some gems and this is definitely 4 stars for anyone who likes genuinely gothic stories, it doesn’t make my 3-star cut which is defined as “it was worth my time to read”. Barbara of the House of Grebe – Thomas Hardy Paperbackpages. Jul 19, Diana rated it it was ok Shelves: The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales.

A Fragment – ‘Juvenis’ 5. He is the author of In Frankenstein’s Shadow: The older ones from the 18th and 19th centuries are a bit tough to read xoford to archaic writing styles. But this was a delight for rainy nights and stormy mornings. Mysteries abound until the end of the story and the final reveal is often pretty distasteful. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The Monkey was terrible. Or was it the judgmental protagonist? Gothic Tales mostly seem to be set in mouldering, decaying castles and their inhabitants seem to be in similar condition.


Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. This is an old but trusted favourite of mine. This anthology brings together the work of writers such as Le Fanu, Hawthorne, Hardy, Faulkner and Borges with their earliest literary forebears, and emphasizes the central role of women writers from Anna Laetitia Aikin to Isabel Oxfird.

The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales

Alejandra Pizarnik’s The Bloody Countess also deserves mention for a warning if nothing else: Blood Disease – Patrick McGrath That’s a decent description of Gothic Tales. His introduction sets out the criteria for what makes a The most interesting anthologies, like the best compilations, tell a story of their own, piecing together a jigsaw of distinct works.

I got literally sick when reading “The Bloody Countess” by Alejandra Pizarnik — the story of a beautiful aristocrat who tortured and killed young girls and used their blood in the hope of fales her youth — the gory details, the vivid descriptions of various ways of torture made for quite a disgusting story. That’s As with all collections, you’ll love a few, be okay with most, and dislike a few too.

You are commenting using your WordPress. But oxforrd body that lay in John Hurst’s arms, among the mouldering coffins of the Hursts of Hurstcote, was perfect and beautiful as when he first clasped her to his arms, a bride.

A Vine on a House – Ambrose Bierce Notify me of new comments via email. These are all examples of classic gothic stories, but I suppose I am not really a fan of gothic tales! His introduction crhis out the criteria for what makes a gothic story, invariably featuring decrepit interiors that contain dark histories of decadence and cruelty.


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According to Baldick, the theme of gothic fiction is the tyranny of the past; the decaying mansion or other claustrophobic physical space that serves as the setting for the story symbolizes the inability of the protagonist to escape that past.

Writers Among the Ruins Chris Baldick. Thanks for stopping gohhic Each story contains the common elements of the gothic talea warped sense of time, a claustrophobic setting, a link to archaic modes of thought, and the impression of a descent into disintegration. It’s hard to bothic favorites in such a great collection, but when pressed, I’d choose: I will be reading this again someday. A massive collection of stories spanning the history of gothic fiction.

Home About Say Hi! May 07, Mina rated it it was amazing. Books by Chris Baldick. If you want a good laugh, read “Sir Bertram: Lit geeks, Gothic fans. The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales. Gotta admit he fits right in here, though: The Oxford Book of Gothic Tye.

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My favorite was Miss de Mannering of Asham which is a lovely anti-Heyer. All in all, a pretty good mix that’s cemented my lack of interest in new Gothic and growing love for the preth century form of the genre with exceptions, but not many.

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