Overviews, Directories, and Collections
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Sublime Anxiety: The Gothic Family and the Outsider
|Gothic Technologies: Visuality in the Romantic Era
A multi-essay e-volume that explores the impact and implications of both visual technologies such as the magic-lantern show and theatrical techniques and more psychological "technologies" such as the pre-post-modern valorizing of readerly subjectivity on the development, and the influence, of Gothic fiction. [Romantic Circles]
The Gothic Experience
Course-related website that provides, among other things, a "definition" of the genre and a brief history
. Very helpful. [Lilia Melani, CUNY - Brooklyn College]
The Monstrous Feminine in Literature and Art
Strong emphasis on Gothic materials; an excellect collection of links.
Brief overview of penny dreadfuls, with a nice collection of cover images accompanied by brief explanantions. Highly Recommended. Part of the "Aspects of the Victorian Book" exhibit at the British Library.
Penny Bloods: Pockets of Poison
A nice introduction to this popular form of C19 horror and sensationalist literature. [David Carroll, Tabula Rasa]
A excellent overview of the Gothic, including linked discussions of various Gothic novelists and important Gothic concepts, from the good folks at the publishing house of W. W. Norton.
Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained
An interesting site for discussions of all manner of, well, unusual and unexplained phenomena, including a few, such as ghosts, which are related to the Gothic tradition in literature.
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Special exhibit at the U of Virginia, focusing on early Gothic works and their
treatments/modulations of family and hero-as-outsider; special sections include Women and the Gothic, the Brontës, The Vampire, and more.
Romanticism on the Net
Although not specifically concerned with the Gothic or supernaturalist traditions, this online peer-reviewed journal of Romantics studies publishes material on a number of authors and topics relevant to those traditions.
Created by George P. Landow at Brown, one of the literary pioneers of hypermedia, this faculty-and-student site is one of the richest repositories of Victoriana on the Web, and covers some of the Victorian period authors important to the post-Gothic tradition.
Another Romanticism-specific site that provides high-quality coverage of the period in which the Gothic (and the post-Gothic) took form.
The Gothic: Materials for Study
An outstanding introduction to and overview of Gothic literature, prepared by graduate students in a course taught by Jerome McGann and Patricia Meyer Spacks. Includes an annotated bibliography
and excerpts from a number of primary and secondary texts.
Gothic Literature: What the Romantic Writers Read
A fine survey of Blake, Wm. Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, P.B. Shelley and Keats regarding their acquaintance with Gothic literature, documenting this important aspect of Romantic influence and intertextuality with primary and secondary sources. (Douglass H. Thomson, Georgia Southern)
The Sickly Taper
A Gothic bibliography website by the premier bibliographer of Gothic literature, Frederick S. Frank. The site includes a bibliography of Gothic scholarship which updates Prof. Frank's two-volume Guide to the Gothic.
Self-described as "an Internet discussion list which reviews one story a week from the genres of mystery, adventure and The Weird, written between 1800 and 1919." A great resource for etexts and discussion. Highly recommended.
A student site which features brief introductory essays on some major figures in the Gothic tradition.
Cyclopedia of Ghost Story Writers
A directory of British writers of the supernatural who wrote during the C19 and very early C20—yeah, kinda like LitGothic.... [Alastair Grey Gunn, Jodrell Bank Observatory, U Manchester]
Nightmare on Cherry Street: Gothic Fiction from Mary Shelley's Era - A Rare Books Exhibition
Features brief discussions of 15 important early Gothic texts. [U Arizona Library]
Gothic Literature page at Romantics Unbound
A few links to sites catalogued on this page. [David Hogsette, NY Institute of Technology]
The Literature of the Fantastic
A collection of fantasy and supernaturalist e-texts, most of which are individually linked on individual author pages (noted as LoF), as well as some related Web resources.
A searchable collection of links to all things horrific.
Earthlore's Gothic Dreams
An introduction to Gothic architecture.
The Sublime: Overview
Presents brief discussions of some important early theorists of the
sublime. [Victorian Web]
The Gothic Literature page
Discussion of various elements of Gothicism, including Ann Radcliffe and a brief section on the Web-neglected Graveyard School; includes a bibliography and a helpful introduction to the Gothic. [Franz Potter]
Sadleir-Black Collection of Gothic Fiction
This is a description only (no etexts or links) of the impressive collection of
Gothic works held at the U of Virginia Library--kind of a biblio-heaven
for fans of the Gothic.... Includes "Gothic Gold: The Sadleir-Black Gothic Collection"
, a descriptive essay of the collection and its importance by Prof. Frederick S. Frank, the foremost Gothic bibliographer of our time.
A directory for sites related to ghost sitings, ghost hunting, true ghost
Yahoo's Ghosts Page
A directory of sites concerned mostly with "real-life" ghosts and ghost stories. Check out also Yahoo's pages on Vampires
, and Zombies
"A Bibliography of Non-English European Resources on Vampires in Literature, Folklore, and Popular Culture" An impressively researched site (appropriate, since its owner is a university librarian). [Melinda K. Hayes, USC]