This introductory chapter explains why Misty and British girls’ comics are culturally significant and textually interesting, and situates them within the bigger picture of Gothic scholarship. It argues that the history of the British comics industry is in danger of being forgotten due to a lack of records, but is relevant to those writing for children today, particularly as Gothic themes are on the rise. It provides a literature review of Gothic scholarship and notes in particular definitional problems, the diversity of critical approaches, and blind spots within current scholarship that has often neglected girls’ and children’s literature. Key terms such as terror, horror, mystery and ambivalence are defined, and the chapter closes by summarising the structure of the book.
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