33. Seeing Things: Gothic and the Madness of Interpretation

  1. David Punter
  1. Scott Brewster

Published Online: 28 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444354959.ch33

A New Companion to the Gothic

A New Companion to the Gothic

How to Cite

Brewster, S. (2012) Seeing Things: Gothic and the Madness of Interpretation, in A New Companion to the Gothic (ed D. Punter), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444354959.ch33

Editor Information

  1. University of Bristol, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Salford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 3 FEB 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405198066

Online ISBN: 9781444354959

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Keywords:

  • seeing things, and madness of Interpretation;
  • reading Gothic, meaning to see things;
  • irrationality, in Gothic writing;
  • reading madness, and madness in Gothic;
  • to “see” delusion, mimicking it;
  • Punter, linking Gothic fiction with paranoia;
  • “The Fall of the House of Usher”;
  • consuming madness, dracula;
  • James's ghost stories

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Reading Madness

  • A Mad Trist: “The Fall of the House of Usher”

  • Consuming Madness: Dracula

  • The Pursuit of Knowledge: M. R. James, “A Warning to the Curious”

  • References