By L. Andrew Cooper
Eighteenth-century critics believed Gothic fiction may motivate deviant sexuality, instill heretical ideals, and inspire delinquent violence--this e-book places those ideals to the try out. After interpreting the assumptions in the back of critics' fears, it considers nineteenth-century issues approximately sexual deviance, displaying how Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dorian grey, and different works helped build homosexuality as a pathological, risky phenomenon. It then turns to tv and movie, fairly Buffy the Vampire Slayer and David DeCoteau's direct-to-video videos, to track Gothicized sexuality's lasting effect. relocating to heretical ideals, Gothic Realities surveys ghost tales from Dickens's A Christmas Carol to Poltergeist, articulating the relationships among fiction and the "real" supernatural. ultimately, it considers connections among Gothic horror and real-world violence, in particular the tragedies at Columbine and Virginia Tech.