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Gothic and the Built Environment: The Architectural Uncanny and the Urban Sublime

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Gothic and the Built Environment : The Architectural Uncanny and the Urban Sublime. / Wasson, Sara.

The Edinburgh Companion to Gothic and the Arts. ed. / David Punter. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2019. (Edinburgh Companions to Literature and the Humanities).

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Harvard

Wasson, S 2019, Gothic and the Built Environment: The Architectural Uncanny and the Urban Sublime. in D Punter (ed.), The Edinburgh Companion to Gothic and the Arts. Edinburgh Companions to Literature and the Humanities, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.

APA

Wasson, S. (2019). Gothic and the Built Environment: The Architectural Uncanny and the Urban Sublime. In D. Punter (Ed.), The Edinburgh Companion to Gothic and the Arts (Edinburgh Companions to Literature and the Humanities). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Vancouver

Wasson S. Gothic and the Built Environment: The Architectural Uncanny and the Urban Sublime. In Punter D, editor, The Edinburgh Companion to Gothic and the Arts. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 2019. (Edinburgh Companions to Literature and the Humanities).

Author

Wasson, Sara. / Gothic and the Built Environment : The Architectural Uncanny and the Urban Sublime. The Edinburgh Companion to Gothic and the Arts. editor / David Punter. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2019. (Edinburgh Companions to Literature and the Humanities).

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