Gothic Fictions: Emotion, Contagion, and the Transformation of Experience in Modernity

Gothic Fiction is the most important prose genre of the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. Drawing on recent developments in cultural theory, this project is the first to study Gothic Fiction as a literary system, marked by its construction of fictional worlds radically incommensurate with "reality". The project offers a powerful revision of previous accounts of Gothic’s imagined realities, their ability to rouse the emotions of readers, and their consequent impact on the real world. It contributes to debates about the nature of experience, the emotions prompted by imagined/virtual worlds, the dissemination of these emotions through imitation and contagion, and the role of literature in modernity.

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Fields of research

Literature and cultural studies, Literature of the 18th century, Literature of the 19th century
Gothic Fiction



Prof. Dr. Peter Otto


University of Melbourne
Faculty of Arts
Date of publication: 27.05.2019
Last edited: 27.05.2019