Gothic Chapbooks

8. “The Castle of Alvidaro; or, the Spanish Quarrel. A Romance” (1809) is a blend of the gothic and the comic, and could be read as a gothic parody. Parodies of the gothic were common in the Romantic period; the most well-known is probably Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey (1818). Advertisements for ‘WILD ROSES; | OR, | COTTAGE TALES’, ‘THE | TELL-TALE’, and ‘POPULAR TALES’ on the front cover; advertisements for ‘SELECT VOYAGES’ and ‘ENGLISH NIGHTS’ on the back cover. Published in London by Ann Lemoine and J. Roe; printed by T. Maiden of Sherbourne Lane London. Price four pence. It includes one black and white illustration.

Leanne Page, University of Alberta, 2011

Bibliography / Further Reading
Gamer, Michael. Romanticism and the Gothic: Genre, Reception, and Canon Formation. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2000.

“The Gothic: Overview.” The Norton Anthology of English Literature: Norton Topics Online. W.W. Norton, 2010. Accessed 4 December 2010. [ nael/romantic/topic_2/welcome.htm]

Kelly, Gary, Ed. Varieties of Female Gothic. Volume 2, Street Gothic: Female Gothic Chapbooks. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2002.

Leask, Nigel. “Lewis, Matthew Gregory (1775–1818).” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2004. Accessed 4 Dec 2010. []

Lynch, Deidre Shauna. “Gothic Fiction.” The Cambridge Companion to Fiction in the Romantic Period. Ed. Richard Maxewll and Katie Trumpener. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2008.

McEvoy, Emma. Introduction. The Monk. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1995.

Morris, David B. “Gothic Sublimity.” New Literary History 16.2 (Winter 1985): 299-319.

Punter, David. The Literature of Terror: A History of Gothic Fictions from 1765 to the Present Day. New York: Longman, 1980.

Potter, Franz J. The History of Gothic Publishing, 1800-1835: Exhuming the Trade. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2005.

Punter, David. The Literature of Terror: A History of Gothic Fictions from 1765 to the Present Day. Volume One: The Gothic Tradition. Second Edition. New York: Longman, 1996.

Ranger, Paul. ‘Terror and Pity reign in every Breast’: Gothic Drama in the London Patent Theatres, 1750-1820. London: The Society for Theatre Research, 1991.

Taylor, John Tinnon. Early Opposition to the English Novel: The Popular Reaction from 1760 to 1830. New York: King’s Crown, 1943.

Williams, Anne. Art of Darkness: A Poetics of Gothic. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1995.

Wein, Toni. British Identities, Heroic Nationalism, and the Gothic Novel, 1764-1824. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2002. (In particular, see Ch.6, “No Child’s Play: The Gothic Chapbooks”)

Wright, Angela. Gothic Fiction: A Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism. Ed. Nicolas Tredell. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007.