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British Gothic Cinema

British Gothic Cinema Author B. Forshaw
ISBN-10 9781137300324
Release 2013-10-17
Pages 227
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Barry Forshaw celebrates with enthusiasm the British horror film and its fascination for macabre cinema. A definitive study of the genre, British Gothic Cinema discusses the flowering of the field, with every key film discussed from its beginnings in the 1940s through to the 21st century.

Contemporary Gothic Drama

Contemporary Gothic Drama Author Kelly Jones
ISBN-10 134995358X
Release 2018-07-23
Pages 266
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This ground-breaking volume is the first of its kind to examine the extraordinary prevalence and appeal of the Gothic in contemporary British theatre and performance. Chapters range from considerations of the Gothic in musical theatre and literary adaptation, to explorations of the Gothic’s power to haunt contemporary playwriting, macabre tourism and site-specific performance. By taking familiar Gothic motifs, such as the Gothic body, the monster and Gothic theatricality, and bringing them to a new contemporary stage, this collection provides a fresh and comprehensive take on a popular genre. Whilst the focus of the collection falls upon Gothic drama, the contents of the book will embrace an interdisciplinary appeal to scholars and students in the fields of theatre studies, literature studies, tourism studies, adaptation studies, cultural studies, and history.

Gothic Dissections in Film and Literature

Gothic Dissections in Film and Literature Author Ian Conrich
ISBN-10 9781137303585
Release 2017-11-06
Pages 296
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This is the first book-length study to systematically and theoretically analyse the use and representation of individual body parts in Gothic fiction. Moving between filmic and literary texts and across the body—from the brain, hair and teeth, to hands, skin and the stomach—this book engages in unique readings by foregrounding a diversity of global representations. Building on scholarly work on the ‘Gothic body’ and ‘body horror’, Gothic Dissections in Film and Literature dissects the individual features that comprise the physical human corporeal form in its different functions. This very original and accessible study, which will appeal to a broad range of readers interested in the Gothic, centralises the use (and abuse) of limbs, organs, bones and appendages. It presents a set of unique global examinations; from Brazil, France and South Korea to name a few; that address the materiality of the Gothic body in depth in texts ranging from the nineteenth century to the present; from Nikolai Gogol, Edgar Allan Poe, Roald Dahl and Chuck Palahniuk, to David Cronenberg, Freddy Krueger and The Greasy Strangler.

Consuming Gothic

Consuming Gothic Author Lorna Piatti-Farnell
ISBN-10 9781137450517
Release 2017-04-10
Pages 270
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This book offers a critical analysis of the relationship between food and horror in post-1980 cinema. Evaluating the place of consumption within cinematic structures, Piatti-Farnell analyses how seemingly ordinary foods are re-evaluated in the Gothic framework of irrationality and desire. The complicated and often ambiguous relationship between food and horror draws important and inescapable connections to matters of disgust, hunger, abjection, violence, as well as the sensationalisation of transgressive corporeality and monstrous pleasures. By looking at food consumption within Gothic cinema, the book uncovers eating as a metaphorical activity of the self, where the haunting psychology of the everyday, the porous boundaries of the body, and the uncanny limits of consumer identity collide. Aimed at scholars, researchers, and students of the field, Consuming Gothic charts different manifestations of food and horror in film while identifying specific socio-political and cultural anxieties of contemporary life.

Fairytale and Gothic Horror

Fairytale and Gothic Horror Author Laura Hubner
ISBN-10 9781137393470
Release 2018-04-06
Pages 206
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This book explores the idiosyncratic effects generated as fairytale and gothic horror join, clash or merge in cinema. Identifying long-held traditions that have inspired this topical phenomenon, the book features close analysis of classical through to contemporary films. It begins by tracing fairytale and gothic origins and evolutions, examining the diverse ways these have been embraced and developed by cinema horror. It moves on to investigate films close up, locating fairytale horror, motifs and themes and a distinctively cinematic gothic horror. At the book’s core are recurring concerns including: the boundaries of the human; rational and irrational forces; fears and dreams; ‘the uncanny’ and transitions between the wilds and civilization. While chronology shapes the book, it is thematically driven, with an interest in the cultural and political functions of fairytale and gothic horror, and the levels of transgression or social conformity at the heart of the films.

Gothic Science Fiction

Gothic Science Fiction Author S. MacArthur
ISBN-10 9781137389275
Release 2015-05-25
Pages 176
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Gothic Science Fiction explores the fascinating world of gothic influenced science fiction. From Frankenstein to Doctor Who and from H.G Wells to Stephen King, the book charts the rise of a genre and follows the descent into darkness that consumes it.

The Palgrave Handbook of the Southern Gothic

The Palgrave Handbook of the Southern Gothic Author Susan Castillo Street
ISBN-10 9781137477743
Release 2016-07-26
Pages 505
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This book examines ‘Southern Gothic’ - a term that describes some of the finest works of the American Imagination. But what do ‘Southern’ and ‘Gothic’ mean, and how are they related? Traditionally seen as drawing on the tragedy of slavery and loss, ‘Southern Gothic’ is now a richer, more complex subject. Thirty-five distinguished scholars explore the Southern Gothic, under the categories of Poe and his Legacy; Space and Place; Race; Gender and Sexuality; and Monsters and Voodoo. The essays examine slavery and the laws that supported it, and stories of slaves who rebelled and those who escaped. Also present are the often-neglected issues of the Native American presence in the South, socioeconomic class, the distinctions among the several regions of the South, same-sex relationships, and norms of gendered behaviour. This handbook covers not only iconic figures of Southern literature but also other less well-known writers, and examines gothic imagery in film and in contemporary television programmes such as True Blood and True Detective.

The Gothic Child

The Gothic Child Author Margarita Georgieva
ISBN-10 9781137306074
Release 2013-10-17
Pages 220
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Fascination with the dark and death threats are now accepted features of contemporary fantasy and fantastic fictions for young readers. These go back to the early gothic genre in which child characters were extensively used by authors. The aim of this book is to rediscover the children in their work.

Spanish Gothic

Spanish Gothic Author Xavier Aldana Reyes
ISBN-10 9781137306012
Release 2017-04-15
Pages 241
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This book presents the first English introduction to the broad history of the Gothic mode in Spain. It focuses on key literary periods, such as Romanticism, the fin-de-siècle, spiritualist writings of the early-twentieth century, and the cinematic and literary booms of the 1970s and 2000s. With illustrative case studies, Aldana Reyes demonstrates how the Gothic mode has been a permanent yet ever-shifting fixture of the literary and cinematic landscape of Spain since the late-eighteenth century. He proposes that writers and filmmakers alike welcomed the Gothic as a liberating and transgressive artistic language.

Bram Stoker Dracula and the Victorian Gothic Stage

Bram Stoker  Dracula and the Victorian Gothic Stage Author C. Wynne
ISBN-10 9781137298997
Release 2013-06-11
Pages 195
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Bram Stoker, Dracula and the Victorian Gothic Stage re-appraises Stoker's key fictions in relation to his working life. It takes Stoker's work from the margins to centre stage, exploring how Victorian theatre's melodramatic and Gothic productions influenced his writing and thinking.


Dracula Author Marius-Mircea Crișan
ISBN-10 9783319633664
Release 2017-11-11
Pages 280
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This volume analyses the role of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and its sequels in the evolution of the Gothic. As well as the transformation of the Gothic location—from castles, cemeteries and churches to the modern urban gothic—this volume explores the evolution of the undead considering a range of media from the 19th century protagonist to sympathetic contemporary vampires of teen Gothic. Based on an interdisciplinary approach (literature, tourism, and film), the book argues that the development of the Dracula myth is the result of complex international influences and cultural interactions. Offering a multifarious perspective, this volume is a reference work that will be useful to both academic and general readers.

Teaching the Gothic

Teaching the Gothic Author A. Powell
ISBN-10 9780230625358
Release 2006-03-21
Pages 214
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Teaching the Gothic provides a clear and accessible account of how scholarship on the Gothic has influenced the way in which the Gothic is taught. The book examines a range of topics including Gothic criticism, Theory, Romantic Gothic, Victorian Gothic, Female Gothic, Gothic Sexualities, Gothic Film and Postgraduate developments.

Gothic Tourism

Gothic Tourism Author Emma McEvoy
ISBN-10 1137391286
Release 2015-09-16
Pages 232
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From Strawberry Hill to The Dungeons, Alton Towers to Barnageddon, Gothic tourism is a fascinating, and sometimes controversial area. Looking at Fonthill Abbey, phantasmagoria shows, the Gothic design of 18th-century duchess, Elizabeth Percy, at Alnwick Castle, and the oeuvre of Horace Walpole, Gothic Tourism considers the origins of Gothic tourism, and Gothic itself as a touristic mode. It covers the Chamber of Horrors and looks at Madame Tussaud's, past and present, discussing waxworks as objects of horror and the uncanny, and the phenomenon of the Gothic museum. It also looks at the Berry Pomeroy Castle and considers the processes by which, over 230 years, the building acquired its haunted reputation. Ghost walks, prison museums, Severs' House, scare attractions, the Necrobus and a poison garden provide the opportunity to discuss Gothic tourism's relationships with literature, film, folklore, heritage management, arts programming, and the 'edutainment' business.

Cannibalism in Literature and Film

Cannibalism in Literature and Film Author Jennifer Brown
ISBN-10 9780230360518
Release 2012-11-14
Pages 258
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From images of stewed missionaries to Hannibal Lecter's hiss, cannibals have intrigued while evoking horror and repulsion. The label of cannibal has been used throughout history to denigrate a given individual or group. By examining who is labelled cannibal at any given time, we can understand the fears, prejudices, accepted norms and taboos of society at that time. From the cannibal in colonial literature, to the idea of regional Gothic and the hillbilly cannibal, to serial killers, this book examines works by writers and directors including Joseph Conrad, H. Rider Haggard, Thomas Harris, Bret Easton Ellis, Cormac McCarthy, Wes Craven, and Tim Burton. It explores questions of cultural identity and otherness in the modern period, offering an important and original examination of cultural norms and fears with reference to national, economic, linguistic, and sexual identity. Amidst the sharp teeth and horrific appetite of the cannibal, the book examines real fears of over-consumerism and consumption that trouble an ever-growing modern world.

Contemporary Women s Gothic Fiction

Contemporary Women s Gothic Fiction Author Gina Wisker
ISBN-10 9781137303493
Release 2016-11-04
Pages 269
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This book revives and revitalises the literary Gothic in the hands of contemporary women writers. It makes a scholarly, lively and convincing case that the Gothic makes horror respectable, and establishes contemporary women’s Gothic fictions in and against traditional Gothic. The book provides new, engaging perspectives on established contemporary women Gothic writers, with a particular focus on Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood and Toni Morrison. It explores how the Gothic is malleable in their hands and is used to demythologise oppressions based on difference in gender and ethnicity. The study presents new Gothic work and new nuances, critiques of dangerous complacency and radical questionings of what is safe and conformist in works as diverse as Twilight (Stephenie Meyer) and A Girl Walks Home Alone (Ana Lily Amirpur), as well as by Anne Rice and Poppy Brite. It also introduces and critically explores postcolonial, vampire and neohistorical Gothic and women’s ghost stories.

A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English

A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English Author Sherri L. Brown
ISBN-10 9781442277489
Release 2018-03-15
Pages 252
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A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English covers Gothic cultural artifacts such as literature, film, graphic novels, and videogames. This authoritative guide equips researchers with valuable recent information about noteworthy resources that they can use to study the Gothic effectively and thoroughly.

The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture

The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture Author B. Murphy
ISBN-10 9780230244757
Release 2009-08-21
Pages 236
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The first sustained examination of the depiction of American suburbia in gothic and horror films, television and literature from 1948 to the present day. Beginning with Shirley Jackson's The Road Through the Wall , Murphy discusses representative texts from each decade, including I Am Legend , Bewitched , Halloween and Desperate Housewives .