An English genre of fiction popular in the 18th to early 19th centuries, characterized by an atmosphere of mystery and horror and having a pseudomedieval setting.
- Other early literary influences were the gothic novels of Ann Radcliffe, the idealistic writings of Schiller, as well as works by Sir Walter Scott, the great Russian poet Pushkin, and Nikolay Gogol.
- Zofloya was a major source for the young Percy Shelley's gothic novels.
- In language that strikingly recalls the fatal myopia that sets in motion Mary Shelley's gothic novel, Frankenstein, the judge claims ‘the creature [is] not greater than the creator’.
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Syllabification: Goth·ic nov·el
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