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Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination

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The Gothic imagination, that dark predilection for horrors and terrors, spectres and sprites, occupies a prominent place in contemporary Western culture.

Gothic literature began as a challenge to the rational certainties of the Enlightenment. By exploring the harsh romance of the medieval past with its ruined castles and abbeys, its wild landscapes and fascination with the
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 3rd 2014 by British Library Publishing
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Andrew
Mar 12, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it
And so the weekend comes and my reading returns to speed.

Anyway the British Library's Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination - this is a companion book to another one of their amazing exhibitions and I stress companion as this is more than just a guide.

What i think amazes me most about these books is the amount of time and research that has gone in to them, now I will admit I am no expert but there is more here than you (well okay I) could possibly hope to take in while visiting the exhibit
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Joseph
Aug 09, 2016 Joseph rated it it was amazing
Between October 2014 and January 2015, the British Library hosted an exhibition entitled “Terror and Wonder – The Gothic Imagination”. This major event presented around 200 exhibits, tracing the development of the Gothic tradition from its heyday in late 18th Century to its contemporary manifestations.

The exhibition could be seen a vindication of the Gothic. Throughout its history, Gothic literature’s obsession with “the ghostly, the ghastly and the supernatural” had been variously treated with
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Suzanne (winterscribbler) Cole
This book is perfect for anyone who is interested in the gothic movement, encompassing art, architecture, music, performance and literature, from the late 18th centuay to the present day. All of the contributers are brimming with passion for the subject, inviting the reader to participate in the analysis of understanding the appeal of the genre, while celebrating all that has been achieved. In keeping with the tradition of the movement, the book encourages readers to look beyond the page, turn ...more
Dann
Feb 12, 2016 Dann rated it really liked it
A very good book about Gothic literature in all of its forms, from Otranto to Twilight and House of Leaves. A bit dry at times—especially in the beginning—so be prepared for a more academic tone. The chapters on 20th and 21st century Gothic are really great, and have a lot of insight to offer into a genre that's rapidly changing. It's always been a fluid genre, but the advent of digital media and the increased emphasis on book marketing has done some really fascinating things to the Gothic, and ...more
Laura Dowers
May 28, 2015 Laura Dowers rated it it was amazing
A fabulous accompaniment to one of the best exhibitions I have seen - Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination at the British Library.

This book featured many of the artefacts on display at the explanation and gave a very full, detailed and illuminating commentary.

Although already a keen reader of classic Gothic tales, I have not appreciated how wide the genre spread, and through this book, now have a greater understanding of the genre and all its nuances.

Highly recommended to anyone who wants t
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Shelves: exhibitions
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Very nicely illustrated. Covers the gothic from 17th c. to present. Helpful reading lists.
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Dale Townshend is Senior Lecturer in Gothic and Romantic Literature at the University of Stirling, Scotland. His most recent publications include The Gothic World (with Glennis Byron; Routledge, 2014) and Ann Radcliffe, Romanticism and the Gothic (with Angela Wright; Cambridge University Press, 2014).
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