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Spectres of antiquity : classical literature and the Gothic, 1740-1830

Spectres of antiquity : classical literature and the Gothic, 1740-1830 / James Uden.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2020.
Physical Description
ix, 267 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Gothic literature imagines the return of ghosts from the past. What about the classical past? Spectres of Antiquity is the first full-length study describing the relationship between Greek and Roman culture and the Gothic novels, poetry, and drama of the eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Rather than simply representing the opposite of classical aesthetics and ideas, the Gothic emerged from an awareness of the lingering power of antiquity, and it irreverently fractures and deconstructs classical images and ideas. The Gothic also reflects a new vision of the ancient world: no longer inspiring modernity through its examples, antiquity has become a ghost, haunting and oppressing contemporary minds rather than guiding them. Through readings of canonical works by authors including Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe, Matthew Lewis, and Mary Shelley, Spectres of Antiquity argues that these authors' ghostly plots and ideas preserve the remembered traces of Greece and Rome. It provides evidence for many allusions to ancient texts that have never previously been noted in scholarship, and offers an accessible guide both to the history of the Gothic genre and to the ancient texts to which it responds. In fascinating and compelling detail, Spectres of Antiquity rewrites the history of the Gothic, demonstrating that the genre was haunted by a far deeper sense of history than we had previously assumed"-- Provided by publisher.
Other formats
Online version: Uden, James, Spectres of antiquity 1. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2020.
Added to Catalog
December 02, 2020
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Gothic and classical in eighteenth-century criticism : ghosts, knights, and the sublime
Horace Walpole, Gothic classicism, and the aesthetics of collection
Ann Radcliffe's classical remembrances
Queer urges and the act of translation : Matthew Lewis
Classical idols and the early American Gothic : the skepticism of Charles Brockden Brown
Embodied Antiquity : Mary Shelley's relationships with the past
Afterword: Haunting or reception?

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