This thesis evaluates the significance and development 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.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||12 Dec 2017|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2017|
Take-down noticeEmbargoed from 19/12/2017 to 19/12/2019
Made publicly available on 19/12/2019