Just Another Gothic Girl
DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT THE GOTHIC TO WHICH I REFER
I have admittedly strayed from my AP book list and I am in the midst of coasting in my reading tastes: the gothic romance novel. oh yeah.
I’m not talking your acceptable-found-on-the-list novel like Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre. Nope, I’m talking about the forgotten books by a forgotten author that needs rediscovering. Maybe I will start a resurgence of Dorothy Eden readers. You never know.
Intrigued by what constitutes a gothic romance novel I Googled to find a most excellent site called Virtual Salt, which is written by Robert Harris, former professor and general busy guy. He’s got an exciting menu of topic choices on his website and it is a recommended stop by. I chose “Element of the Gothic Novel” and will definitely be borrowing from and referring to his article once I get to Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre in AP Lit.
Currently I’m cheat reading and have discovered amidst the buried “E”s when I was last shelf shopping, Dorothy Eden, who had once upon a time a long writing career spanning from the 1940s into the 1980, being known primarily for writing these smashing gothic romances with heroines exhibiting contemporary tendencies. I’m deep into my second one and these are exactly what I need, having come off of a grading campaign of freshmen poetry notebooks.
Here is Gothic Romance Elements 101 in a Nutshell. For in-depth article investigation I encourage you to investigate Robert Harris’s site.
A Gothic Romance needs to have the following:
1. a castle
2. inexplicable events
4. a damsel in distress
5. overwrought emotions
6. metonymy of gloom and horror *
*refresher for metonymy: it’s a type of metaphor. For instance, in movies to get some immediate gloom and horror tone going the script will throw in some approaching footsteps and of course you gotta have the sudden torrential downpoour complete with thunder and lightning.
Here’s what Dorothy Eden fare I’ve dined upon so far–the title alone, let alone the cover art, indicate a GR is within the grasp.
I couldn’t improve on Amazon: