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Contemporary Gothic

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Modern Gothic culture alternately fascinates, horrifies, or bewilders many of us. We cringe at pictures of Marilyn Manson, cheer for Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and try not to stare at the pierced and tattooed teens we pass on the streets. But what is it about this dark and morbidly morose aesthetic that fascinates us today? In Contemporary Gothic, Catherine Spooner ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Reaktion Books
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Laura Morrigan
I loved this book because Catherine Spooner does not deny, as some do, the link between the Gothic genre and Gothic culture, nor does she look down upon the latter.

Spooner sees Gothic as a series of revivals, that question mainstream values. Beginning with the Gothic Revival architecture, that challenged Classicism, later the Gothic literature, that challenged ideas of comfort and progress. And, of course, the latest, the rise of the Gothic 'subculture' in the 80s.

This book looks at a range of
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Charlotte
Apr 20, 2013 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
Such an interesting analysis, built on the foundations of the 19th Century and working up to the present day.

It's also given me loads of new book and film recommendations.
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