The Gothic lives! From The Castle of Otranto to today’s Let Me In, the Gothic continues to be part of popular consciousness. Yet, even as it has adapted to fit changing times and technologies, it has retained both its essence and its hold on our imagination. What defines the Gothic? What are its parameters? This collection of essays, the work of scholars who met at the first-ever global conference on the Gothic, looks at the Gothic today – in print and other media including cinema, in music, in fashion, and in the popular culture of countries around the world. This volume of essays is another step in the process of understanding a genre that stretches the boundaries of definition and continues to make its way, adapting and changing along the way, into new aspects of modern culture
The Gothic – Probing the Boundaries
Edited by Eoghain Hamilton
This book is a collection of essays from the first global conference on the Gothic. Thanks to scholarly work like this, critical appreciation of the Gothic will continue to thrive in the twenty first century and beyond. This work provides pertinent and timely insights into an ever expanding genre.
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Part 1: Gothic Sets the Stage
The Paradox of Horror: The Dark Side of Gothic Aesthetics
Maria Antónia Lima
From Gothicism to Transcendentalism: The Birth of a Nation’s Culture
‘Ken’s Mystery’: Blending Gothic Foundations with Gaelic Folklore
The Walking Dude: Randall Flagg in Stephen King’s Post-Apocalyptic Epic The Stand
Dopo Notte Atra e Funesta: Handel’s Ariodante: A Forerunner of the Gothic Novel?
Part 2: Lights! Camera! Action!
Representing European Identities in Classic Hollywood Cinema and 18th-Century Gothic Literature
James Whale’s The Old Dark House: Classic Gothic Cinema as the Origin of The Rocky Horror Show
Evil Against Evil: Demonic Sexuality in William Friedkin’s The Exorcist
Gothic Cinema: Horror on Screen and the Perils of (Over)Interpretation
Part 3: Got(h) Sex?
Do Gothic Lolitas Just Wanna Have Fun? An Examination of the Goth-Loli Style Tribes in Hong Kong and Tokyo
Chick-Fangs, Power Relations, and Being Human
Un/queering the Gothic: Demi-Haunted (2002)
Transcended Bodies, Confused Genders. Some Perspectives on the Portrayal of Sexuality in American Horror Film
Part 4: Spectacles of Gothic
Platonic Critique of the Vampire
Jonathan H. Nelson
Panic on the Streets of Stockholm: Sub/Urban Alienation in the Novels of John Ajvide Lindqvist
Food, Blood, Body and Knowledge in Frankenstein and Dracula
Part 5: Death
Haunted Castles and Premature Burials: The Cure’s Faith, Goth Subculture and the Gothic Literary Tradition
Pagan Death: Lovecraftian Horror and the Dream of Decadence
Tell-Tale Deaths and Monstrous Quests: Being Human and Visions of Death in Millennial Gothic Fictions
Jacqueline de Giacomo