Introduction
Defining the ecoGothic
in Ecogothic
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book explores how current ideas about ecocriticism can be applied to Gothic narratives in order to help draw out their often dystopian ecological visions. It also explores how ecocritical issues can be aligned with feminist praxis, illuminated by an analysis of Gothic texts by Joy Williams. The book examines the cultural and national diversity of the environment through a number of critical prisms that are linked to the ecocritical. It argues that an overview of Gothic criticism would seem to suggest that the castle and the convent are the only spaces which the Gothic inhabits because critics often overlook the third space: the forest. The book also examines the seventeenth-century New England Puritan influence on later Gothic representations of the natural world in North America.

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