Place and setting in the Gothic (The Haunted Castle)

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  • The Haunted Castle is a central motif of the Gothic
  • A common feature of Gothic castles is they seem to distort perception
  • Castle Dracula, is, in itself, a major Gothic symbol
  • In Walter Scott's Kenilworth (1821) - In the context of the castle, nothing is what it seems
  • The genre is said to have originated with Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto


  • The castle is a labyrinth, a maze and a site of secrets and also, paradoxically, a site of domesticity, where life carries on…


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