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Gothic Histories: The Taste for Terror, 1764 to the Present

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In the middle of the eighteenth century the Gothic became the universal language of architecture, painting and literature, expressing a love not only of ruins, decay and medieval pageantry, but also the drug-induced monsters of the mind.

By explaining the international dimension of Gothicism and dealing in detail with German, French and American authors, Gothic Histories de
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Paperback, 211 pages
Published June 6th 2010 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published January 1st 2010)
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I learned a lot from this history of the gothic in architecture, literature, theatre, and film. I was mainly interested in gothic literature, and did gain a sense of how it developed and how the meaning of gothic symbols changed over time. I also got ideas for more books I need to read. However, I do wish it had been edited better. There were typos and grammar problems in every chapter, even in quotes from other books. The worst was the misspelling of Charlotte Perkins Gilman ("Charlotte Perkind ...more
Rebecca Evans
This is an immensely quotable book, with great statements and fantastic ideas produced in soundbite form, handy for students needing some summation of the Gothic for an essay. And indeed, the first two chapters are lucid and accessible with an argument and great thought put into how gothic architecture and literature so beautifully intertwine. Following this, though, the book begins to fall apart. The statements become sweeping, with little to back them up, and none of the thought provoking idea ...more
Rachel
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was very wide-ranging, and it was quite interesting to think about Gothic in relation to film and contemporary writing, rather than the usual classics. However, I didn't feel he got the balance quite right - in some places there was too much detail and general pontification, while others went by in a flash. I didn't really feel he had a point to make - it was more, here are a load of stories about spooky stuff. It never really got beyond a glorified list. And I have to say, his prose style ...more
Misha
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: metafiction
I'm undecided.

The introduction brought some very interesting points forward, some interesting (new) ways to define the Gothic genre, but then... Bloom does absolutely nothing with them. On the other hand, Bloom does discuss Gothic theatre to great length, which is new (but absolutely useless for me, as I read it for references to Gothic poetry). He does seem to have a broader perspective than only the classic novel, which is nice, but then he undermines his ambitious plan with academic sass (whi
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Nikki
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is an amazing book. I read it very slowly so I was sure to take everything in, since it contains such a wealth of information. It's mostly about gothic literature from the 18th and 19th centuries, which is a genre of literature I just love. It also touches on gothic theater (grand guignol and the like), movies, paintings and more modern interpretations of the genre. It covers a pretty broad range of gothic art, which makes it really interesting.
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