The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | October 16, 2012

byNick Groom

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The Gothic is wildly diverse. It can refer to ecclesiastical architecture, supernatural fiction, cult horror films, and a distinctive style of rock music. It has influenced political theorists and social reformers, as well as Victorian home decor and contemporary fashion. Nick Groom shows howthe Gothic has come to encompass so many meanings by telling the story of the Gothic from the ancient tribe who sacked Rome to the alternative subculture of the present day.This unique Very Short Introduction reveals that the Gothic has predominantly been a way of understanding and responding to the past. Time after time, the Gothic has been invoked in order to reveal what lies behind conventional history. It is a way of disclosing secrets, whether in theconstitutional politics of seventeenth-century England or the racial politics of the United States. While contexts change, the Gothic perpetually regards the past with fascination, both yearning and horrified. It reminds us that neither societies nor individuals can escape the consequences of theiractions.The anatomy of the Gothic is richly complex and perversely contradictory, and so the thirteen chapters here range deliberately widely. This is the first time that the entire story of the Gothic has been written as a continuous history: from the historians of late antiquity to the gardens of GeorgianEngland, from the mediaeval cult of the macabre to German Expressionist cinema, from Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy to American consumer society, from folk ballads to vampires, from the past to the present.

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The Gothic is wildly diverse. It can refer to ecclesiastical architecture, supernatural fiction, cult horror films, and a distinctive style of rock music. It has influenced political theorists and social reformers, as well as Victorian home decor and contemporary fashion. Nick Groom shows howthe Gothic has come to encompass so many mea...

Professor Nick Groom is Chair in English at the University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus, and Director of ECLIPSE: the Exeter Centre for Literatures of Identity, Place, and Sustainability. He has published widely for both academic and popular readerships, and is the author and editor of many books, most recently The Forger's Shadow (2002...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:October 16, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199586799

ISBN - 13:9780199586790

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Introduction: A history of the Gothic in thirteen chapters1. Origins of the Goths2. The ascent to heaven3. The iconoclasts4. The revenge of the dead5. Liberty gothic6. Gothic whiggery7. The Sixties8. The descent into hell9. The poetics of blood10. The gothic dream11. New England goths12. Goths at the movies13. First and last and alwaysFurther reading