Tracing the Arc of The Gothic’s Psychologization and De-Supernaturalization

It is widely acknowledged that as the 19th c. went on, the gothic genre became increasingly more psychologized and less supernatural. I would like to trace this trend and visually model it to 1) confirm its veracity in high and low literature 2) see if authorial gender plays a significant role in text’s being psychological or genuinely supernatural and 3) see if the proliferation of related genres (travel narratives, imperial gothic, sensation fiction, mysteries, detective fiction, etc.) correlates with the decline of the supernatural. As I interpret this data, the works of Tuchman and Fortin, Moretti, and Underwood will likely be invaluable.

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