Reading Rebecca as Gothic
Rebecca is often referred to as a Gothic novel, but what exactly does that mean? Last month at the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature, Dr Serena Trowbridge presented a talk on the subject, describing what makes a novel Gothic and explaining the rules of what needs to be in a Gothic novel.
Serena teaches a module on Gothic literature to her final year students at Birmingham City University. Three of them have generously agreed to share their coursework essays with us. Each of them compares a work of Gothic literature with Rebecca, with extremely interesting conclusions.
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