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Sublime Anxiety: The Gothic Family and the Outsider

An exhibit of approximately 80 images—mostly book covers, title pages, and illustrations—and explanatory annotations that present a history of the Gothic novel from the 18th century to the present. Organized into 12 sections, the site begins with then-popular titles that Jane Austen mentioned in her 1818 satirical novel Northanger Abbey, and covers such topics as "the outsider as anti-hero," "women and the gothic," the Shelleys, the Brontes, imperialism, vampire tales, and the detective novel. Also presents recent vestiges of the Gothic craze in works of Anne Rice and Edward Gorey. Much of the material derives from UVA's Sadleir-Black Collection of Gothic Books. The site includes an introductory essay by exhibit curator Natalie Regensburg of 1,500 words. Valuable for those studying popular culture of the Victorian age and earlier, and the lasting influence of the Gothic genre in later eras.