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Gothic Short Stories in British Literary Annuals
  • Katherine D Harris, San Jose State University
Since the annuals provide a vast amount of literature relevant to both the Romantic and Victorian periods, I have begun work on a second book project: an edited collection of Gothic short stories published in popular British annuals between 1823 and 1831. In 1818, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein instigated a New Gothicisim that focused on intensification of feeling that differed from Lewis, Radcliffe and Edgeworth’s novels, even Scott’s historical romances. By the 1820s, savvy literary annual editors adopted this new, and very popular, type of Gothicism, at first, by translating German tales and then by adapting Gothic novels into a short story genre that was appropriate for young, middle-class, female readers. By 1831, the Gothic short story finds prominence in America, and the Gothic novel will soon become reinvented in Victorian novels such as Middlemarch and Vanity Fair. Scholars have only recently begun rifling through the literary remains of the Gothic short story published in the 1820s — primarily because collections of literary annuals are not available. This volume of Gothic short stories from British literary annuals 1823-1831 remedies access to these short stories and provides a view of popular print culture.
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Zittaw Press
Citation Information
Katherine D Harris. Gothic Short Stories in British Literary Annuals. (2012)
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