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Gothic Literature and Film

Use this libguide to find online and print scholarship on the Gothic. Please email me if you have questions.

The Gothic



This libguide will identify scholarship on the Gothic from its origins in Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto in 1764 to present day incarnations in literature, television, and film.

Search Terms/Call Numbers

  • Gothic
  • Southern Gothic
  • British Romanticism
  • Dark Romanticism
  • Romanticism
  • British Gothic
  • American Gothic
  • Terror/Terror Stories
  • Gothic Literature
  • Gothic Fiction
  • The Sublime
  • California Gothic
  • Supernatural
  • Horror
  • Penny Dreadfuls

LC Call numbers ranges:

PN1993-1999 Motion pictures

PR1-9680 English literature

PR1-56 Literary history and criticism
PR57-78 Criticism

PR750-890 Prose
PR767-818 By period
PR821-890 Prose fiction. The novel

PS1-3576 American literature

PS360-380 Prose
PS370-380 Prose fiction

Gothic Themes and Tropes

(Try these as search terms too!)

  • Anti-hero
  • Supernatural Forces
  • Fascination with death, decay
  • Corruption (often of human nature)
  • Fascination with misdeeds of the past
  • Doppelgangers
  • Black Humor
  • The Sublime
  • Paranoia
  • Madness
  • Religious Misdeeds or Guilt (Southern Gothic)
  • Dark, often haunted settings (Abbeys, Graveyards, Castles)
  • The Supernatural/Ghosts
  • Disintegration of the American Dream (American/"California" Gothic)


Guide Author

This guide was created by Jessica Critten, 2011

Subject Guide

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