An Introduction to the origins and key features of the Gothic Genre for English Literature students studying at GCSE, A Level or beyond. Glossary Neoclassicism: the revival of a classical style or treatment in art, literature, architecture, or music. Anthropocentric: regarding humankind as the central or most important element of existence, especially as opposed to God or animals. Atavistic: relating to or characterized by reversion to something ancient or ancestral. Primordial: existing at or from the beginning of time; primeval.