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Spectres of Antiquity: Classical Literature and the Gothic, 1740-1830

James Uden


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 inspi ... More

Keywords: Gothic, classical, ghosts, spectres, classical reception, Romanticism, Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe, Mary Shelley

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190910273
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190910273.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Uden, author
Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Boston University