Victorian Gothic Bibliography

Hard copy material is on 3-hour loan in the Short Loan centre in the library.  If not available online, articles are in the photocopy cabinets under the author’s name.   The list below indicates where to find the material – ph is a photocopy, SL means the book itself is on Short Loan (under the editor’s name if it’s a collection), and links are given for online texts.

Please use the bibliography details when compiling bibliographies for your own essays, there is no excuse for incomplete information when everything is here! Remember that in addition to standard author/date or journal information, online references require the full URL, not just that of the main page, plus the website title and the date you accessed the page.



Robert Louis Stevenson, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1886). Project Gutenberg versions at (HTML, Kindle, epub versions). University of Virginia Library version at

Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901-2). Project Gutenberg versions at University of Virginia Library version at

Haunted Houses

Edgar Allen Poe, “The Fall of the House of Usher” (1839)., University of Virginia library version at

E. Nesbit, “John Charrington’s Wedding” (1891). Version at The Literary Gothic, notes by Dick Collins,

E. Nesbit, “Man Size in Marble” (1893). Version at Project Gutenberg,

Elizabeth Gaskell, “The Old Nurse’s Story” (1852). Version on Nina Auerbach’s page at the University of Pennsylvania,


Sheridan LeFanu, “Carmilla” (1872). Project Gutenberg versions at Version on Nina Auerbach’s page at the University of Pennsylvania,

Bram Stoker, Dracula (1897). Project Gutenberg versions at University of Adelaide Library version at



Jerome H. Buckley. “Victorianism.” The Victorian Temper: a study in Literary Culture. London: Allen and Unwin, 1952. (SL)

Steven Prickett. Victorian Fantasy. Hassocks: Harvester Press, 1987. See particularly Ch 1 and Ch 3. (SL)


Fred Botting. Gothic. London: Routledge, 1996. (SL)

Valdine Clemens. The return of the repressed : Gothic horror from The Castle of Otranto to Alien. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999. (SL)

Rosemary Jackson. Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion. London: Methuen, 1981. (SL)

Robert Mighall. A Geography of Gothic Fiction: mapping history’s nightmares. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1999. (SL)

David Punter. The literature of terror: a history of gothic fictions from 1765 to the present day. London: Longman, 1996. (SL)

David Punter and Glennis Byron. The Gothic. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub, 2004. (SL)


Botting, Fred. Gothic. London: Routledge, 1996, the first part of the chapter (to p. 143) in Chapter 7, “Gothic Returns in the 1890s”.

Rosemary Jann, “Sherlock Holmes Codes the Social Body”. ELH Vol. 57, No. 3 (Autumn, 1990), pp. 685-708.

James Krasner, “Watson Falls Asleep: Narrative Frustration and Sherlock Holmes.” English Literature in Transition 40:4 (1997).

Ronald R. Thomas. “In the Company of Strangers: Absent Voices in Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Beckett’s Company.” Modern Fiction Studies 32: 2 (Summer 1986), pp. 157-173.

William B. Jones, Jr (ed). Robert Louis Stevenson reconsidered: new critical perspectives. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2003. (SL)
Clausson, Nils. “Degeneration, Fin-de-Siecle Gothic, and the Science of Detection: Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles and the Emergence of the Modern Detective Story.” Journal of Narrative Theory 35:1 (Winter 2005), pp. 60-87

Haunted Houses

Bann, Jennifer. “Ghostly Hands and Ghostly Agency: The Changing Figure of the Nineteenth-Century Specter”. Victorian Studies 51 (4), Summer 2009, 663-685.

Edmundson, Melissa. “The ‘Uncomfortable Houses’ of Charlotte Riddell and Margaret Oliphant”. Gothic Studies 12 (1), May 2010, 51-67. Humanities International Complete, EBSCOhost. (NB this article deals with different stories to the ones I’ve set, but you may find the first couple of pages interesting).

Freeman, Nick. “E. Nesbit’s New Woman Gothic”. Women’s Writing Vol. 15, No. 3 December 2008, pp. 454-469

Freud, Sigmund. “The Uncanny”.

David Punter and Glennis Byron. The Gothic. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub, 2004. See section on Gaskell (p118) and on Female Gothic (p178).

Smajic, Srdjan, “The Trouble with Ghost-Seeing: Vision, Ideology and Genre in the Victorian Ghost Story”. ELH 70 (4), Winter 2003, 1107-1135.

Diana Wallace. “Uncanny Stories: The Ghost Story As Female Gothic”. Gothic Studies 6:1 (May 2004), p 57-68.


You will find that most of the general Gothic texts I suggest above will also have chapters on Dracula, and quite possibly on Carmilla.

Katrien Bollen and Raphael Ingelbien, “An Intertext that Counts? Dracula, The Woman in White, and Victorian Imaginations of the Foreign Other”. English Studies Vol. 90, No. 4, August 2009, 403–420

Botting, Fred. Gothic. London: Routledge, 1996, the section on Vampires (p. 144) in Chapter 7, “Gothic Returns in the 1890s”.

Byron, Glennis. “Bram Stoker’s Gothic and the Resources of Science. Critical Survey, 19 (2), 2007, 48-62. Ebscohost.

Senf, Carol A. “Dracula: Stoker’s response to the New Woman.” Victorian Studies, 26 (1), Autumn 1982, 33-49. Ebscohost.

William Veeder. “The Arts of Repression”. Texas Studies in Literature and Language, Vol. 22, No. 2, An Issue Devoted to Popular Culture Studies (SUMMER 1980), pp. 197-223.

Useful websites  The Victorian Web, a good source of background and introductions.

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