Emotions of Mystery in Gothic Novels and Thrillers





concept, frame structure, mystery, the Gothic novel, the thriller


The article is dedicated to the study of the emotions of mystery in Gothic novels and thrillers. For many years, beginning with ancient times and up to modernity, mysteries and secrets were under thorough investigation by scientists. Mysteries, secrets and silence are associated with horror and happiness. That’s why they became the object of the proposed article. According to the linguacultural approach, the concepts were studied as complex phenomena, with composite meaning peculiar to the concepts under analysis. The concepts MYSTERY, SILENCE and SECRET, were considered as the typical situations, the structure of which consists of such spheres: actants, predicates, attributes, quantifiers, space and time. Each of these spheres represents part of the characteristics and makes it possible to create a general understanding of the concepts under analysis as of complex phenomena, which are most vividly revealed in Gothic novels and thrillers. These novels disclose the emotions of mystery as unknown, horrific and tense situations are the main feature of these genres. Mystery has the key role here and is the inseparable part of their understanding. It was demonstrated that the concepts under analysis represent positive and negative features which denote their ambiguous and binary character at the same time.


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Author Biographies

Ganna PRIHODKO, Zaporizhzhia National University, professor at the Chair of English Philology

(PhD, Dr. of Science in Philology) is a Professor at the Chair of English Philology Zaporizhzhia National University, Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. Her areas of interest include pragmatics, cognitive linguistics, axiology, discourse studies, linguo-stylistics. G. Prihodko is the author of 3 monographs and 80 scientific articles. Recent publications: “Cognitive-Communicative Field of Evaluation”, “Specific Nature of Evaluative Speech Acts”, “Frame Modeling of the Concepts of LIFE and DEATH in the English Gothic Worldview”, “Specific Features of the Argumentation in Media”, “Interdisciplinary Nature of the Evaluative Category”, “Evaluation of “Brexit” phenomenon in Slovak and English media texts”.

Oleksandra PRYKHODCHENKO, Zaporizhzhia National University

(PhD in Philology) is a Senior Lecturer at the Chair of Foreign Languages for Special Purposes, Zaporizhzhia National University, Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. Her areas of interest include iconicity, cognitive linguistics, concept studies, semiotics. O. Prykhodchenko is the author of 2 collective monographs and 40 scientific articles. Recent publications: “The Role of Ontological Metaphors in the Verbalization of Concepts LIFE – DEATH in the Gothic Worldview”, “Representation of the Opposition LIFE – DEATH with Iconic Signs-Diagrammes (Based on the Material of Gothic Novels about Vampires)”, “Media Images of Slovak and Ukrainian Presidents: ‘I/we’ Binary Pronominal Opposition in Political Speeches”.

Kateryna VASYLYNA, Zaporizhzhia National University

 (PhD in Philology) is a Senior Lecturer at the Chair of English Philology, Zaporizhzhia National University, Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. Her areas of interest include comparative literature, intermedial studies, renaissance studies, English renaissance literature. K. Vasylyna is the author of 1 monograph and 82 scientific articles. Recent publications: “Pseudomorthic Characters of the Novel “The Pharmacist” by Yuriy Vynnychuk in the Context of Cultural Tradition (Cultorological Facets of Analysis)”, “Key Notions of Chivalric Aesthetics in Representation of Modern Cinematography (Case Study: Guy Ritchie’s “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”.


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How to Cite

PRIHODKO, G., PRYKHODCHENKO, O., & VASYLYNA, K. (2021). Emotions of Mystery in Gothic Novels and Thrillers. WISDOM, 17(1), 193–203. https://doi.org/10.24234/wisdom.v17i1.430




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