Antecedents of the Gothic mode in early modern poetry

Hong Sheng Colin Yeo

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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This thesis evaluates the significance and deployment of 'Gothic' themes across a range of Renaissance love poems, arguing that a Gothic sensibility actively functions within the textual mode of early modern English poetry. It demonstrates the existence of this sensibility by tracing the co-presence of motifs of darkness, melancholy, the supernatural and the grotesque in early modern love poetry and eighteenth-century Gothic fiction. The methodological approach adopted here uses close readings combined with historical analysis to compare elements of the eighteenth-century literary Gothic with late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century English poetry.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Dolin, Kieran, Supervisor
  • Kambaskovic-Schwartz, Danijela, Supervisor
Award date12 Dec 2017
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 19/12/2017 to 01/06/2026. Will be made publicly available on 01/06/2026..


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