In the Circles of Fear and Desire : A Study of Gothic Fantasy by William Patrick Day (1985) The power and endurance of the Gothic, our fascination with its particular pleasures, are revealed in the virtually mythic status of Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and that truly Gothic hero, Sherlock Holmes. These protagonists and their kind find themselves in a world created by the circle of their own fears and desires, in a state of thrilling and destructive enthrallment to the Gothic. William Patrick Day explores the Gothic fantasy from its origins in the late eighteenth century, through the conclusion of its first major phase in such novels as Dracula, The Turn of the Screw, and The Hound of the Baskervilles, and on into some of its twentieth-century manifestations. The result illuminates with originality and verve the unbroken connections between our imaginative life and our place in history and demonstrates decisively the power and suggestiveness of popular literature. 208 pp. with index.
IN THE CIRCLES OF FEAR AND DESIRE A STUDY OF GOTHIC FANTASY
- Binding: Hardcover; Book Condition: As New; Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good, glassine wrapped; Publication Date: 1985; Edition: First Edition; Publisher: The University of Chicago Press