Queering Contemporary Gothic Narrative 1970-2012

  • Paulina¬†Palmer

Part of the Palgrave Gothic book series (PAGO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Paulina Palmer
    Pages 1-22
  3. Paulina Palmer
    Pages 23-63
  4. Paulina Palmer
    Pages 65-110
  5. Paulina Palmer
    Pages 111-149
  6. Paulina Palmer
    Pages 175-179
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 181-204

About this book


This book explores the development of queer Gothic fiction, contextualizing it with reference to representations of queer sexualities and genders in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Gothic, as well as the sexual-political perspectives generated by the 1970s lesbian and gay liberation movements and the development of queer theory in the 1990s.  The book examines the roles that Gothic motifs and narrative strategies play in depicting aspects of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex experience in contemporary Gothic fiction. Gothic motifs discussed include spectrality, the haunted house, the vampire, doppelganger and monster.  Regional Gothic and the contribution that Gothic tropes make to queer historical fiction and historiography receive attention, as does the AIDS narrative. Female Gothic and feminist perspectives are also explored. Writers discussed include Peter Ackroyd, Vincent Brome, Jim Grimsley, Alan Hollinghurst, Randall Kenan, Meg Kingston, Michelle Paver, Susan Swan, Louise Tondeur, Sarah Waters, Kathleen Winter and Jeanette Winterson. 


Queer queer theory queer sexualities queer history historiography lesbian gay transsexuality intersex feminist LGBTI Gothic contemporary Gothic Gothic narrative spectrality ghosts haunting haunted house vampire doppelganger

Authors and affiliations

  • Paulina¬†Palmer
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Warwick and Birkbeck CollegeLondonUnited Kingdom

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