Specter or Delusion: The Supernatural in Gothic Fiction (Studies in Speculative Fiction, No 15)

Narrative structure of Gothic novels often affects whether or not the characters and the reader believe in the reality of the supernatural events in the story. Using Todorov’s theory of “the fantastic” and focusing on possibly unreliable narrators, this book analyzes several Gothic novels from the late 18th and early 19th century as well as FRANKENSTEIN, Le Fanu’s CARMILLA, Bulwer-Lytton’s A STRANGE STORY, and DRACULA.

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