The Ghosts of the Gothic in Peter Ackroyd's Literary London

Ashleigh Jayne Prosser

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This study proposes a Gothic theory of the history of place at work within Peter Ackroyd's literary depictions of London, wherein history and geography are fused together to form a palimpsest that is symbolically manifested through spatial hauntings, textual traces, and uncanny returns. It examines the commonalities between four of Ackroyd's historiographic metafictions set in
London: Hawksmoor (1985), The House of Doctor Dee (1993), Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem (1994 ), and The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein (2008). The study performs a close textual analysis of the novels alongside Ackroyd's London histories, reading them through the framework of the Gothic mode.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Dolin, Kieran, Supervisor
  • Hughes-D'Aeth, Tony, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date1 Nov 2017
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017


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