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Goth's Dark Empire
In Goth's Dark Empire cultural historian Carol Siegel provides a fascinating look at Goth, a subculture among Western youth. It came to prominence with punk performers such as Marilyn Manson and was made infamous when it was linked (erroneously) to the Columbine High School murders. While the fortunes of Goth culture form a portion of this book's story, Carol Siegel is mor ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Indiana University Press
(first published January 1st 2005)
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Despite the name of the book, most of the discussion in the book seems to concern Goth only tangentially. Instead the articles are more in the realm of cultural study and feminist research. While the articles are interesting in their own right, their connection with goth is only derivative. More honest name for the book could be something along the lines of "Critical cultural study and transgressive gender...and goth".
This book was pretty wacky. Some of the info/analysis was insightful/useful, and much of the secondary material Siegel brought in was interesting. However, this thing frequently went off the rails, exploring wacky tangents and drawing together all sorts of material without contextualizing fully or explaining WHY various gothy things belonged together. Moreover, I really didn't get a good feel for how actual individual goths (beyond the author) experienced and organized all this gothy stuff. An i ...more
A fairly interesting academic look at the gothic subculture, but full of strange diversionary lenses through which the author views it, which sometimes feel forced. Also a weird combination of dense prose about Foucault and Deleuze, and fluffy personal opinions/observations of the author. Still, interesting.
My mentor Carol Siegel wrote this book, and it's leaps and bounds beyond other academic goth material out there (I'm thinking of Hodkinson.) Carol's a very perceptive thinker and writer and explores the spaces left out of even the best of dominant (subversive-dominant) discourses.