Guide to Literary Terms

Start Your Free Trial

What is the Gothic Fiction? What is the differance between Gothic Fiction and Realist Fiction?

Expert Answers info

Doug Stuva eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write1,751 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

The enotes Study Guide on Gothic fiction says the following:

Gothic literature, a movement that focused on ruin, decay, death, terror, and chaos, and privileged irrationality and passion over rationality and reason, grew in response to the historical, sociological, psychological, and political contexts of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Gothic literature is, one could say, a form of Romanticism.  Certainly, without Romanticism, Gothic fiction wouldn't have flourished and become popular when it did.  Examples of Gothic fiction include Mary Shelley's Frankenstein from England, The Phantom of the Opera from France, and...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 303 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

bullgatortail eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write7,077 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

check Approved by eNotes Editorial