Gothic Colonies, 1850–1920

Authored by: Roger Luckhurst

The Gothic World

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415637442
eBook ISBN: 9780203490013
Adobe ISBN: 9781135053062

10.4324/9780203490013.ch6

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Abstract

The Gothic piles on the sense of limits overrun: the present invaded by the past, life by death, human by inhuman forces, reason by dream-logic, taste and imagination by the sublime and the fanciful. Terror comes from the breach of boundaries: the vampire invited over the threshold, zombies massing at the last defense until it gives way under the pressure of undead bodies. The Gothic is insistently about spatial discomfort, whether from entrapment in dungeons or buried in a premature grave, the disorientation of labyrinths, or the annihilating sublimity of the vast openness of mountain ranges or Arctic wastes.

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