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The Forest and the EcoGothic

The Deep Dark Woods in the Popular Imagination

Authors: Parker, Elizabeth

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  • Provides the first full-length study on the archetypal symbol of the Gothic forest, an often overlooked area of literary criticismLooks in detail at ‘the ecoGothic’, an increasingly relevant field of research which seeks to examine the intersection between ecocriticism and Gothic studies
  • Examines a varied cross-section of key titles in literature and film in order to explore the significance and resonance of the enduringly ubiquitous Gothic environment
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This book offers the first full length study on the pervasive archetype of The Gothic Forest in Western culture. The idea of the forest as deep, dark, and dangerous has an extensive history and continues to resonate throughout contemporary popular culture. The Forest and the EcoGothic examines both why we fear the forest and how exactly these fears manifest in our stories. It draws on and furthers the nascent field of the ecoGothic, which seeks to explore the intersections between ecocriticism and Gothic studies. In the age of the Anthropocene, this work importantly interrogates our relationship to and understandings of the more-than-human world. This work introduces the trope of the Gothic forest, as well as important critical contexts for its discussion, and examines the three main ways in which this trope manifests: as a living, animated threat; as a traditional habitat for monsters; and as a dangerous site for human settlement. This book will appeal to students and scholars with interests in horror and the Gothic, ecohorror and the ecoGothic, environmentalism, ecocriticism, and popular culture more broadly. The accessibility of the subject of ‘The Deep Dark Woods’, coupled with increasingly mainstream interests in interactions between humanity and nature, means this work will also be of keen interest to the general public.


About the authors

Elizabeth Parker has lectured in English Literature and Popular Culture at a number of universities across the UK and Ireland. She is the founding editor of the journal Gothic Nature: New Directions in Ecohorror and the EcoGothic. Her research interests include the intersections between popular culture, horror, the Gothic, and the environmental humanities.


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“Elizabeth Parker’s exploration of the ecoGothic, channelled through the case study of the Gothic forest, is an enchanting and unnerving foray into the woods. The Forest and the EcoGothic is essential reading for any scholar working with the ‘flavoured mode’ (p. 33) of the ecoGothic, as Parker unravels arguments pertaining to ecophobia and Gothic Nature … Parker’s reverence for the power of symbolism to induce monstrous re-enchantment is one of the core strengths of her writing.” (Jemma Stewart, The Dark Arts Journal)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Forest and the EcoGothic
Book Subtitle
The Deep Dark Woods in the Popular Imagination
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Gothic
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-35154-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-35154-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-35153-3
Series ISSN
2634-6214
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 308
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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