Gothic Info-graphics Courtesy of The Guardian


This week in my web browsing about all things Gothic, I came across a posting from The Guardian from May 2014 with a whole host of info-graphics all dedicated to the Gothic genre!

Be still my Gothic-loving heart!!

I don’t know how I missed this post throughout the past year. But clearly I overlooked something amazing. This also means that I have not been doing my job as your agent of all things Gothic! My sincerest apologies, dear reader. I have posted the images below and included a link to the original post for you.

In my professional opinion, this guide is expertly done. It includes the most important Gothic texts from the late 1700s/1800s. Plus, it’s easy to see, if you continue to read modern iterations of this genre, which trends continued and appear still today.

I don’t really feel like I need to add much of anything to this post and would like to let the work of the people from The Guardian speak for itself. I hope you enjoy these graphics as much as I did. They really took me back to my academic days and I would absolutely have used this guide if I were still writing academically. I was also surprised to realize just how well-versed I am across the breadth of this genre. I’ve read practically everything on this list. As for the ones I’ve missed, I definitely plan to fill in those holes ASAP!

If you know nothing of Gothic literature, which if you read this blog regularly, I doubt that’s the case, I hope that this info-graphic will inspire you to give one of these old texts a try. Yes, they are ridiculous and heavy-handed and the women are agent-less capsules of humanity, but this genre is an important part of our literary history and it really does have a lot of influence on the world of literature today. Many of your favorite genres can be traced back to it.

I don’t know how to pick my favorite info-graphic of all of these…but I think it’s probably #2, the scale of fainting by heroine. That one really cracked me up! I also really enjoyed #8 titled “Anyone who isn’t a white middle-class protestant is frightening.” Which one(s) is/are your favorite? Also, what modern genres would this be a fun exercise for? I’m thinking a Dystopian Lit breakdown would make a mad info-graphic series. Wish I had the design skills to execute it!

Thank you, The Guardian for creating this thing of awesomeness!! And, dear readers, please forgive me if I swoon like our beloved Gothic heroines.

(All images come from The Guardian)
Gothic novels: The villain is a  murderous tyrantGothic novels: The heroine is pious

Gothic novels: It's set in a spooky castle

Gothic novels: There is (probably) a ghost or monster

Gothic novels: It's set in the olden days

Gothic novels: It takes place in foreign parts

Gothic novels: The weather is always awful

Gothic novels: Anyone who isn't a white, middle-class Protestant is frightening

Gothic novels: The laws of the land are brazenly flouted

Gothic novels: People talk funny

Gothic novels: So which Gothic novels are the best?

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3 thoughts on “Gothic Info-graphics Courtesy of The Guardian

  1. Totally amazing! We just covered the Gothic as part of our Romance period. This will definitely add some dimension to Jane Eyre and Frankenstein.

    1. Oh I love that you are teaching about Gothic!! Both are great texts and Frankenstein is one of my favorites. I’m curious to hear what your students think of the genre!

      1. My regular seniors are amazed that a 19 year old girl wrote Frankenstein. They are further amazed that Frankenstein is not the monster’s actual name. As for Jane Eyre, my AP students are all over the gothicness of this fab romance (in its real sense–Fabio do not apply).

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