An Archaeology of Gothic Discourse
What do eighteenth-century Gothic novels, typified by Ann Radcliffe, have to do with sixth-century racial histories of the Ostrogoths, or with the so-called "Gothicist" historiography about England's "ancient constitution" that was prominent during the Civil War? Rethinking and adapting the theoretical framework and critical methods of Michael Foucault's archaeology of knowledge and arguments about power relations, Edward Jacobs's Accidental Migrations offers a powerful and new consideration of the nature of the Gothic.
About the author:
Educated at Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Illinois, Edward Jacobs is currently Associate Professor of English at Old Dominion University, where he teaches courses in eighteenth-century and Romantic British literature, literary theory, the history of the book, and film studies. He has published several articles on the eighteenth-century British book trade and fiction, and on early nineteenth-century British street culture.