Defining a Gothic Aesthetic in Modern and Contemporary Visual Art

Authored by: Gilda Williams

The Gothic World

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415637442
eBook ISBN: 9780203490013
Adobe ISBN: 9781135053062

10.4324/9780203490013.ch35

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Abstract

If you google “the Gothic” and hit “Images,” on the screen before you will appear a wildly disparate — if oddly predictable — set of images. Desktop wallpaper featuring a misty forest dominated by a pointed-arch ruin in silhouette and sprinkled with ominous, hooded monks. Bela Lugosi, in a publicity still from Tod Browning's vintage Dracula (1931). Goth babes in ripped tights and figure-hugging corsets. A vaulted, shadowy, crypt-like space beneath a cathedral in Prague. Henry Fuseli's painting The Nightmare (1781–82). A haunted house, silhouetted against the night sky, perched on a hill. A scene from The X-Files (Carter 1993–2002) featuring a terrifying cyber-tunnel.

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