Gothic Literature fact...
Haunted castles, spectral ghosts, spooky atmosphere, rebellious anti-heroes, family curses and dark romance. If you like all these things and want to read about them, welcome to Gothic literature. Truly, Gothic novels have everything to get you in the mood for all things bizarre, eerie, and disturbing. They explore the darker side of life through fantasy and cruel, fantastic pessimism. But do you know how it actually began? Just think of all the scary books we can’t live without, and the movies because of these scary books. So what really inspired them? In this post, I’m sharing with you the ‘Some most interesting Gothic literature facts’ that you probably didn’t know.
Let’s begin with a brief history of Gothic literature!
Gothicism in literature emerged in late 18th century Europe during its transition from an era of superstition to the age of science and rationality. The elements of Gothic literature, in its pure form, include horror settings, supernatural forces, fear, gloomy and mysterious atmosphere, struggle between good and evil, and juxtaposition of reason and faith. Since the Gothic genre stemmed out of ‘Medieval Romances’, it is also known as ‘Gothic Romance’. Similar to historical fiction, Gothic literature distances readers from their current cultural context. If the past is a foreign country, Gothic is an alien planet. For centuries, the Gothic writers have utilized the genre to explore social, cultural, and political issues deemed taboo, uncomfortable, or too radical for their historical moment.
ome Interesting Gothic Literature Facts You Must Know
There are a lot of interesting things you must know about the Gothic writers and their novels. Here are some ‘most interesting Gothic literature facts’ that will eventually make the genre much more fascinating for you.
1. The First Gothic Novel
The credit of writing the first Gothic novel goes to the youngest son of the first de facto Prime Minister of Britain, Horace Walpole. H ...