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On the origins of the Gothic novel : from Old Norse to Otranto

Arnold, Martin


Martin Arnold



This essay assesses the extent to which Old Norse tradition provided the basis for a subspecies of literary horror. It focuses on those formations and interpretations of Old Norse Literature as it came gradually to light from the sixteenth century onwards, and how the Nordic Revival impacted on what is widely considered to be the first Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto (1764) by Horace Walpole (1717-97).


Arnold, M. (2016). On the origins of the Gothic novel : from Old Norse to Otranto. In C. Wynne (Ed.), Bram Stoker and the Gothic: formations to transformations, 14-29. Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/9781137465047

Publication Date Jan 6, 2016
Deposit Date Jul 4, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jan 7, 2019
Journal Bram Stoker and the gothic
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Pages 14-29
Series Title Palgrave Gothic
Book Title Bram Stoker and the Gothic: formations to transformations
Chapter Number 1
ISBN 9781137465030
Keywords Old Norse; Otranto; Gothic novels
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