In this pre-rational, I will explore the Gothic genre in regards to its history, development, key elements that identify literature as Gothic, and authors that made this genre successful. Next, I will examine the themes and content of my chosen text Dracula and how it salsify the gothic literature criteria. I will also discuss a handful of recent adaptations based on Stoker’s Dracula; how varies interpretation flourished, as well as what I have learned from them. Finally, I will explain the development of my creative piece, Hell Hath No Fury; outlining the concept of the story, how I am changing the gothic genre, the research I have done so far and will need to do, and why I have chosen to do this.
We understand Gothic literature as a combination of horror and romanticism. Having said that, it was in the hands of Edgar Allan Poe when gothic began its association with horror. However, Goth was originally defined “in the terms of Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary of 1775, as ‘one not civilized, one deficient in general knowledge, a barbarian,” which is due to its medieval background as “invaders and destroyers of the great Roman civilization.” Appropriate, considering how it unsettles the Victorian psyche. Gothic and Victorians go hand in hand, despite the first gothic text, The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole was published in 1764. Not to mention, its relationship with the supernatural world. Authors such as Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens and Ann Radcliffe made this genre