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Early American Gothic Novels

Charles Brockden Brown: Wieland, Arthur Mervyn, Edgar Huntly

James Fenimore Cooper: The Spy and any of the five Leatherstocking Tales

George Lippard: The Quaker City; or The Monks of Monk Hall

Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of Seven Gables

Henry Clay Lewis: Odd Leaves from the Life of a Louisiana Swamp Doctor

Herman Melville: Moby-Dick

Louisa May Alcott: Behind a Mask: or, a Woman's Power

Sarah Orne Jewett: The Country of Pointed Firs

Charles W. Chesnutt: The Conjure Woman

George Washington Cable: Old Creole Days

Frank Norris: Vandover and the Brute

Paul Laurence Dunbar: The Sport of the Gods

Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger

Edith Wharton: Ethan Frome

American Gothic Antholigies

Beahm, George. ed. The Unauthorized Anne Rice Companion. Kansas City: Andrews and McMeel, 1996.

Crow, Charles L. ed. American Gothic: An Anthology 1787-1916. Malden, Mass: Blackwell, 1999. PS507 .A56

Jaffe, Nora, and Patricia L. Skarda. eds. The Evil image: two centuries of Gothic short fiction and poetry. NY: New American Library, 1981. PR1111 .G67 E9

Mulvey-Roberts, Marie. ed. The handbook to Gothic literature. NY: New York UP, 1998. PN3435 .H35

Oates, Joyce Carol. ed. American Gothic Tales. NY: Plume, 1996.

Vinson, James. ed. Twentieth-century romance and gothic writers. Detroit: Gale Research, 1982. PR888 .L69 T86

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Auerbach, Nina. Our Vampires, Ourselves. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1995. GR830 .V3 A92

Austin, Eliot, and Lawrence Eliot. Ghosts of the Gothic. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1980. PR830.T3 W5

Axelrod, Alan. Charles Brockden Brown, an American tale. Austin: U of Texas P, 1983. PS1137 .A9

Bayer-Berenbaum, Linda. The Gothic imagination: expansion in Gothic literature and art. Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1982. PR830 .T3 B39

Brooks, Michael W. New England Gothic: Charles Eliot Norton, Charles H. Moore, and Henry Adams. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1990.

Carpenter, Lynette, and Wendy K. Kolmar. eds. Haunting the House of Fiction: Feminist Perspectives on Ghost Stories by American Women. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1991.

Castricano, Jodey. Cryptomimesis: The Gothic and Jacques Derrida's Ghost Writing. Montreal: McGill-Queen's UP, 2001. (chapters on Poe and Stephen King)

Christophersen, Bill. The Apparition in the Glass: Charles Brockden Brown's American Gothic. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1993.

Clemens, Valdine. The return of the repressed: gothic horror from The Castle of Otranto to Alien. Albany: State University of NY Press, 1999. PR830 .T3 C59

Day, William P. In the Circles of Fear and Desire: A Study of Gothic Fantasy. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1985.

DeLamotte, Eugenia C. Perils of the Night: A Feminist Study of Nineteenth-Century Gothic. NY: Oxford UP, 1990.

Docherty, Brian. ed. American Horror Fiction: From Brockden Brown to Stephen King. NY: St. Martin's, 1990.

Ellis, Kate F. The Contested Castle: Gothic Novels and the Subversion of Domestic Ideology. Urbana and Chicago: U of Illinois P, 1989.

Fedorko, Kathy A. Gender and the Gothic in the Fiction of Edith Wharton. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 1995. PS3545 .H16 Z647

Fisher, Benjamin F. The Gothic's Gothic: Study Aids to the Tradition of the Tale of Terror. NY: Garland, 1988.

Fleenor, Juliann E. The Female Gothic. Montreal: Eden Press 1983. PR830 .T3 F4

Goddu, Teresa A. Gothic America: Narrative, History and Nation. NY: Columbia UP, 1997.

Gross, Louis S. Redefining the American Gothic: from Wieland to Days of the Dead. Ann Arbor: U. M. I. Research P, 1989.

Haggerty, George F. Gothic Fiction/Gothic Form. University Park: U of Pennsylvania P, 1989.

Heller, Terry. The Delights of Terror: An Aesthetics of the Tale of Terror. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1987.

Howard, Jacqueline. Reading Gothic Fiction: A Bakhtinian Approach. NY: Oxford UP, 1994.

Kristeva, Julia. Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection. translated by Leon S. Roudiez. NY: Columbia UP, 1982. PQ2607 .E834 Z73413

Magistrale, Tony. Landscape of Fear: Stephen King's American Gothic. Bowling Green, OH: Popular, 1988.

Martin Robert K. and Eric Savoy. eds. American Gothic: New Inventions in a National Narrative. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 1998.

Messent, Peter B. ed. Literature of the occult; a collection of critical essays. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1981. PR830.O33 L57

Mogen, David, Scott P. Sanders, and Joanne B. eds. Frontier Gothic: Terror and Wonder at the Frontier in American Literature. Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1993.

Mussell, Kay. Women's gothic and romantic fiction: a reference guide. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1981. PS374 .W6 M8

Punter, David. The literature of terror: a history of Gothic fictions from1765 to the present day. NY: Longmans, 1980. PR408.G68 P8

- - -. ed. A Companion to the Gothic. Malden, Mass: Blackwell, 2001.

Ringe, Donald A. American Gothic: imagination and reason in nineteenth-century fiction. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 1982. PS374 .G68 R5

Ringel, Faye. New England's Gothic: History and Folklore of the Supernatural from the Seventeenth through the Twentieth Centuries. Lewiston, NY: E. Mellen P, 1995.

Sedgwick, Eve K. The Coherence of Gothic Conventions. NY: Arno P, 1980.

Voller, Jack G. The Supernatural Sublime: The Metaphysics of Terror in Anglo-American Romanticism. DeKalb: Northern Illinois UP, 1994. PR457 .V65

Wardrop, Daneen. Emily Dickinson's Gothic: Goblin with a Gauge. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 1996.

Weston, Ruth D. Gothic Traditions and Narrative Techniques in the Fiction of Eudora Welty. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 1994.

Williams, Anne. Art of Darkness: A Poetics of Gothic. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1995. PR448 .G6 W55 (English literature)

Wolstenholme, Susan. Gothic (Re)Visions: Writing Women As Readers. Albany: State U of NY P, 1993.

Selected Bibliography 2000-Present  

Abbott, Stacey. Celluloid Vampires: Life after Death in the Modern World. Austin: U of Texas P, 2007.

Baker, Dorothy Z. America's Gothic Fiction: The Legacy of Magnalia Christi Americana. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2007.

Betz, Phyllis M. The Lesbian Fantastic: A Critical Study of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal and Gothic Writings. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011.

Burns, Sarah. Painting the Dark Side: Art and the Gothic Imagination in Nineteenth-Century America. Berkeley: U. of Calif. P, 2004.

Cooper, L. Andrew. Gothic Realities: The Impact of Horror Fiction on Modern Culture. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010.

Dresner, Lisa M. The Female Investigator in Literature, Film, and Popular Culture. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007.

Edwards, Justin D. Gothic Passages: Racial Ambiguity and the American Gothic. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2003.

Galvan, Jill. The Sympathetic Medium: Feminine Channeling, the Occult, and Communication Technologies, 1859-1919. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 2010.

Garrett, Peter K. Gothic Reflections: Narrative Force in Nineteenth-Century Fiction. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 2003.

Haggerty, George E. Queer Gothic. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 2006.

Kafer, Peter. Charles Brockden Brown's Revolution and the Birth of American Gothic. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 2004.

Khair, Tabish. The Gothic, Postcolonialism and Otherness: Ghosts from Elsewhere. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Lloyd Smith, Allan. American Gothic Fiction: An Introduction. NY: Continuum, 2004.

Meyers, Helene. Femicidal Fears: Narratives of the Female Gothic Experience. Albany: State U of New York P, 2001.

Mulvey-Roberts, Marie. ed. The Handbook of the Gothic. NY: New York UP, 2009.

Spaulding, A. Timothy. Re-Forming the Past: History, the Fantastic, and the Postmodern Slave Narrative. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2005.

Weese, Katherine J. Feminist Narrative and the Supernatural: The Function of Fantastic Devices in Seven Recent Novels. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008.

Weinstock, Jeffrey A. Scare Tactics: Supernatural Fiction by American Women. NY: Fordham UP, 2008.

MLA Style Citation of this Web Page

Reuben, Paul P. "PAL: Appendix N: The Gothic and American Literature." PAL: Perspectives in American Literature- A Research and Reference Guide. URL: (provide page date or date of your login).

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