Gothic = Horror

No genre could be further from Trollope’s work than the gothic novels. They were about sensation when he was anything but sensational.  His speciality was to draw out the nuances of the tangled everyday and the mundane.  He did so with acute observation, wit and a gentle but deft touch that was always too subtle for the gothic with its appeal to the macabre and the outre.

However, I have to take issue with the BBC’s analysis of the development of the gothic genre.  How can you seriously address the gothic and not include Wilkie Collins. Surely The Woman In White is the epitome of the Victorian Gothic novel.  The BBC to my mind has narrowed its focus too tightly – there is more to the gothic genre than simply horror.

That said, the link below does give an otherwise thorough review of the development of the genre right up to the present day.


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