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Gothic Fiction

Librarian/Curator for European Studies

Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian

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Michelle Brasseur
Young Research Library, Level A


This guide is a compilation of resources on the literary genre of gothic fiction—"a mode of narrative fiction dealing with supernatural or horrifying events and generally possessed of a claustrophobic air of oppression or evil" (The Oxford Companion to English Literature, 2009). All of the books, journals, media, databases, and other resources featured in this guide are accessible through the UCLA Library or are freely available online. Refer to the English and Comparative Literature Guide for additional resources. If you need assistance with gothic fiction from the USA, UK, or the Republic of Ireland, contact Michelle Brasseur, the Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian for History and English Language and Literature. If you need research assistance with European gothic fiction or literature, contact Shannon Tanhayi Ahari, the Librarian/Curator for European Studies.

Selected Images

Illustration by Arthur Rackham (1867–1939) for the 1933 edition of Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market. Available in Wikimedia Commons. Public domain. 

The Nightmare, a 1781 oil painting by Henry Fuseli (1741–1825). Available in Wikimedia Commons. Public domain. 

Depiction of the character Jane Eyre by Edward A. Wilson (1886–1970) for the 1944 Illustrated Modern Library edition. Available in Wikimedia Commons. Public domain. 

The Ghost of a Flea, a painting completed in 1819–1820 by William Blake (1757–1827). Available in Wikimedia Commons. Public domain. 

Woodcut print of the Notre-Dame de Paris by an unknown author (1857). Available in Wikimedia Commons. Public domain. 

Images of architectural gargoyles by an unknown author (1915). Available in Wikimedia Commons. Public domain.