EVE KOSOFSKY SEDGWICK

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THE COHERENCE OF GOTHIC CONVENTIONS (Dissertation, Yale University, 1975)

The dissertation describes a cluster of important thematic conventions in the Gothic novel, the interrelationships among them, and their influence on some early Victorian writing. It treats the persistence and development, through increasingly sophisticated psychological and linguistic articulations, of conventions of isolation and immobilization. Live burial, sleeplike and deathlike states, and the unspeakable are among the salient conventions. —From the Abstract

CONTENTS

Abstract
Acknowledgements
Introduction

Chapter I.   The Structure of Gothic Convention: Mostly Melmoth
Chapter II.   Language as Live Burial: Thomas De Quincey
Chapter III.   Immediacy, Doubleness, and the Unspeakable: Wuthering Heights and Villette

Afterword: Of Wandering

Selected bibliography