The poetics of space, the mind, and the supernatural in S. T. Coleridge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review


While Samuel Taylor Coleridge is remembered as a Romantic poet, much of his best and most influential writing – from his poems The Ancient Mariner and Christabel to his Biographia Literaria – participates heavily in the Gothic tradition. Moreover, these texts represent a significant innovation, helping to initiate the Gothic’s turn towards the inner spaces of the mind and the unconscious that would characterise Gothic from the nineteenth to the twenty-first-century. This chapter argues that the reasons for both Coleridge’s engagement with and innovative impact upon the Gothic involve his unique conceptions of proto-higher-dimensional space in which liminal states of consciousness like dreams and the imagination overlap with the supernatural world.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave handbook of gothic origins
EditorsClive Bloom
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783030845629
ISBN (Print)9783030845612
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Gothic
  • Poetry
  • Romanticism
  • Romanticism--England
  • Nineteenth century
  • supernatural
  • dreams
  • consciousness
  • ghosts
  • Gothic fiction
  • literature


Dive into the research topics of 'The poetics of space, the mind, and the supernatural in S. T. Coleridge'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this