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Title: Gothic%20Literature


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Gothic Literature
  • Gothic comes from an architectural
  • style of the late Middle Ages (12th to 16th
    centuries) in Europe.
  • Gothic cathedrals with irregularly placed towers
    and their high stained glass windows were
    intended to inspire awe and fear in religious
    worshippers.
  • Gargoyles were supposed to ward off evil spirits.

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Gothic Cathedrals
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Gargoyles
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The Gothic Novel
  • Gothic literature is still considered romantic
    for several reasons.
  • - still explores emotional reactions
  • - contains several elements of imagination
  • - almost always contains supernatural elements

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The Gothic Novel
  • The Gothic novel is defined by the feeling of
    dread that pervades it.
  • Horror
  • Terror
  • Mystery

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The Gothic Novel
  • A novel in which supernatural horrors and an
    atmosphere of unknown terror pervades the action.
  • The setting is often a gloomy, mysterious castle
    where ghosts and evil humans roam about through
    hidden passageways.
  • Women are portrayed as helpless and frightened.
  • Often contains a threatening, powerful character
    who has evil desires.

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The Castle of otranto by Horace Walpole
  • First gothic novel, written in 1765
  • Gothic writers saw potential evil in mankinds
    nature, where early Romantics usually saw man in
    a only a good light.

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  • The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is
    fear, and the oldest and strongest fear is fear
    of the unknown.
  • H. P. Lovecraft
  • from Supernatural Horror in Lit.

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Alfred Hitchcock
  • The Master of
  • Suspense
  • Became the most widely known and influential
    director in cinema.
  • His body of work spanned over 50 years.

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The Master of Suspense
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PSYCHO
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STEPHEN KING
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