The introduction aims to lay out the historical and theoretical premises of this study. It considers the Gothic as a neglected concept in Spanish culture, the alternative mechanisms (such as esperpento or grotesque humour) which have been adopted when talking of the Gothic. The introduction then draws on theories of contemporary Gothic to assess to what extent the situation has changed for Spanish texts. It proceeds further to draw on concepts proposed by Tom O’Regan and Millie Buonanno, it outlines the underlying principle of the following chapters; that the Spanish Gothic is part of a contemporary cultural exchange which sees Spanish texts arguably participating in a wider, debatably transnational Gothic as much as if not more than looking to specifically national cultural concerns. It argues, in effect, that the contemporary Spanish Gothic is one mode through which Spanish culture looks outward as well as inward.
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