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The book makes the case that the society fiction genre novels of Wharton — a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer and designer — are Gothic novels in disguise, Adams said.

The term “Gothic,” as it pertains to literature, involves a mode of storytelling, which portrays society’s inability to protect the individual in extreme circumstances, Adams said.

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Conan Doyle’s Gothic Materialism | Merrick Burrow – Academia.edu

Doyle’s embrace of spiritualism has often perplexed biographers and critics, partly because, as Diana Barsham notes, it was ‘at odds with the rationality paradigm of post-Enlightenment masculinity’ (Barsham 245). However, Doyle’s writings between ‘The Final Problem’ and The Hound of the Baskervilles show not so much a break from rationalism as an attempt to accommodate the strictures of science to the possibility of apprehending spirit as a phenomenal entity rather than a noumenon of abstract faith. In his stories of haunted houses, of artefacts imbued with telepathic energies and of ancient hermetic science, Doyle develops a mode of gothic materialism in which he repeatedly returns to the contradictions between naturalism and spiritualism in order to work through them by way of a primitive Other.

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