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The dynamics of terror : or, The grotesque character of Gothic fiction

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The dynamics of terror : or, The grotesque character of Gothic fiction

Dalgleish, David (1997) The dynamics of terror : or, The grotesque character of Gothic fiction. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This essay examines the use of the grotesque to create terror in Gothic fiction in the late l8th century and throughout the 19th century. After using Mervyn Peake's Titus Groan and Gormenghast to establish the central role of the grotesque in fully successful Gothic texts, the focus then shifts to a survey of Gothic's early period and its 19th century refinements, demonstrating the role of the grotesque in various key works. In the earlier texts, underdeveloped grotesque characters are crucial to the manufacture of terrifying moments; in the later texts, fully developed grotesques create an ongoing mood of terror. In either case, an emphasis on the grotesque nature of Gothic fiction enables a better understanding of how these works generate their emotional impact in the reader.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > English
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Dalgleish, David
Pagination:iv, 106 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Dept. of English
Date:1997
Thesis Supervisor(s):Poteet, Lewis
ID Code:185
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:10
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:13
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