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Year 11 Advanced English - The Gothic
Gothic Representations: History, Literature, and Film
This paper will examine the evolution of Gothic fiction and how it has been represented from its Romantic heritage and Victorian upbringing to the
American Gothic traditions of the 19th century and the contemporary Gothic scene. It will also analyze American Gothic film by selecting four individual works singular to their generation: - The Wolfman, Psycho, Jaws, and The Sixth Sense.
Gothic - An Overview
The origins of the Gothic
Professor John Mullan examines the origins of the Gothic, explaining how the genre became one of the most popular of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and the subsequent integration of Gothic elements into mainstream Victorian fiction.
What does it mean to say a text is Gothic? Professor John Bowen considers some of the best-known Gothic novels of the late 18th and 19th centuries, exploring the features they have in common, including marginal places, transitional time periods and the use of fear and manipulation.
The Top 10 Elements of Gothic Literature
The term “Gothic” was first used in conjunction with a Medieval style of ornate architecture that originated in France around the 12th century. It wasn’t until the Romantic era in the late 18th century that the word was applied to literature. The first mention of Gothic literature appeared in English writer Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto, published in 1764. Walpole applied the word in the subtitle, “A Gothic Story."
What Is the Gothic? Issues of Genre, Trope, and Form
The Gothic is used to refer to a number of cultural phenomena from architecture to late 20th century youth culture and music to various literary and cinematic works. In general, the term connotes a fascination with or an investment in the darker side of human psychology with an emphasis on the unknown or the mysterious and the potentially terrifying and disturbing.
Gothic - Keywords, themes
- Supernatural Forces
- Fascination with death, decay
- Corruption (often of human nature)
- Fascination with misdeeds of the past
- The Sublime
- Religious Misdeeds or Guilt (Southern Gothic)
- Dark, often haunted settings (Abbeys, Graveyards, Castles)
- The Supernatural/Ghosts
- Disintegration of the American Dream (American/"California" Gothic)