Sunday, April 29, 2007

Freud and Gothic Literature

For those of you interested in scholarly pursuits, feel free to read the paper my husband and I wrote entitled Uncannily Gothic: A Study of the Freudian Unheimlich in Gothic Literature.


bryan-in-greece said...

A fascinating read - I plan on ordering Melmoth the Wanderer, it sounds like a cracking story (in Gothic terms, at least!). I recently got hold of the DVD of my favourite film in a similar vein to that genre, and that is Roman Polanski's The Dance of the Vampires. I will never tire of watching that. Have you read The House on the Strand (by Daphne du Maurier) - another classic in Gothic style, even if it is set in the 1960s in south-western England? A compelling book, with Gothic overtones.

melusina said...

In the same vein as Melmoth, I'd also highly recommend Matthew Lewis' The Monk. I was going to say I liked it a bit better than Melmoth, but that is unfair since I read them a couple of years apart. At any rate, they both have similar religious themes, although obviously they don't tell the same story.

I haven't read the du Maurier, I'll have to check it out. And I don't think I've ever seen a Polanski film, not even the recent ones.

Gothic themes can exist in any setting, even the modern day world. In fact, I think our world is growing more and more gothic by the minute in some respects.