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Ecocriticism and the Genre

Alder, Emily; Bavidge, Jenny


Jenny Bavidge


Clive Bloom


‘Ecocriticism and the Genre’ explores a recent and topical development in Gothic scholarship, the ecogothic. Gothic literature often exhibits a fascination with sublime, terrifying, and horrifying aspects of the natural world, its creatures, plants, and landscapes, while ecocriticism, particularly in the face of current urgent ecological problems, often turns to Gothic tropes and ways of thinking to theorise human relationships (both the good and the bad) with the more-than-human world. This chapter outlines origins and definitions of ecogothic, discusses relationships between the Gothic and ecocriticism, and includes three case studies, on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), Megan Hunter’s The End We Start From (2017), and the YA Gothic of David Almond.


Alder, E., & Bavidge, J. (2020). Ecocriticism and the Genre. In C. Bloom (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic (225-242). Cham: Springer.

Online Publication Date Jul 11, 2020
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date May 7, 2021
Publisher Springer
Pages 225-242
Book Title The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic
ISBN 9783030331351
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