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The term 'gothic' was originally used to describe both type of Art and Architecture. Gothic novels were given a genre of their own primarily because of their emotional extremes and their dark themes

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Homework Thursday 15th September 2005 Gothic Literature The gothic novel is a literary genre which is said to have been created in 1764 when Horace Walpole wrote his novel 'The Castle of Otranto'. The main features of gothic novels included terror, mystery, the supernatural, doom, death, curses and madness. The term 'gothic' was originally used to describe both type of Art and Architecture. ...read more.


By about 1840, the gothic genre had played itself out and this was partly due to writers who were developing the genre into the horror fiction that it later morphed into. The gothic genre did, however, have a long lasting effect and it led to a Victorian craze for ghost stories and it also had an influence on Charles Dickens who read gothic novels when he was younger and he later put the gothic melodrama and gloomy atmosphere into his own books. ...read more.


Also, it was about this time that the most famous gothic villain appeared in Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' in 1897. Elements of the gothic novel: 1. Setting in a castle. 2. An atmosphere of mystery and suspense. 3. An ancient prophecy 4. Omens, portents, visions. 5. Supernatural or otherwise inexplicable events. 6. High, even overwrought emotion. 7. Women in distress and sometimes threatened by a powerful, impulsive, tyrannical male. 8. The metonymy of gloom and horror. ...read more.

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