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The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by [Groom, Nick]
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The Gothic is wildly diverse. It can refer to ecclesiastical architecture, supernatural fiction, cult horror films, and a distinctive style of rock music. It has influenced political theorists and social reformers, as well as Victorian home décor and contemporary fashion. Nick Groom shows how the Gothic has come to encompass so many meanings by telling the story of the Gothic from the ancient tribe who sacked Rome to the alternative subculture of the present day.

This unique Very Short Introduction reveals that the Gothic has predominantly been a way of understanding and responding to the past. Time after time, the Gothic has been invoked in order to reveal what lies behind conventional history. It is a way of disclosing secrets, whether in the constitutional politics of seventeenth-century England or the racial politics of the United States. While contexts change, the Gothic perpetually regards the past with fascination, both yearning and
horrified. It reminds us that neither societies nor individuals can escape the consequences of their actions.

The anatomy of the Gothic is richly complex and perversely contradictory, and so the thirteen chapters here range deliberately widely. This is the first time that the entire story of the Gothic has been written as a continuous history: from the historians of late antiquity to the gardens of Georgian England, from the mediaeval cult of the macabre to German Expressionist cinema, from Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy to American consumer society, from folk ballads to vampires, from the past to the

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (27 September 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BMP4RR4
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent review of how this widely used term has been applied over time 3 November 2015
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This is a very thoughtful introduction to a term whose meaning has been spread around a lot throughout English language history, as Professor Groom explains. Going all the way back to the Gothic tribes who overran the Roman Empire, he traces the various applications the term has been given at different times in British politics, European architecture, a literary genre, a musical movement, etc. If you're curious about one or more of these applications, then this book is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful information, interesting read 5 November 2016
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Useful information, interesting read. I would recommend anyone taking a gothic lit course to read this first. It gives some perspective and insight to the genre
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5.0 out of 5 stars The dark side of us all, the "gothic" ? 6 April 2015
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A short overview of what " gothic " was and what " gothic " is. It motivates me to reread, reevaluate the 18th.cent. novels I read so many years ago .
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 29 December 2015
By Babbalou - Published on
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tedious, states the obvious, do not recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars now i "get it" 29 January 2013
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I have over a dozen of these cute volumes. They are well-written and obviously have a steady editorial hand weighing over this series because they are consistent in tone, voice, coverage, and sensibility. This one on The Gothic helped me understand the popularity of "Harry Potter," the "Twilight" series of books and movies. It does not, however, get into the pathology of "goth." Example, a good number of shooters in the US identified with the "goth" subculture. Then again, they also were big consumers of Big Pharma psychotropic medication. The only other niggle I offer is that Broom needs to address the vampirism and pedophilic expression of the gothic sensibility and behavior. The so-called "royal" family of the UK is descended from Vlad "The Impaler" Drago (or Count Dracula in the popular culture) and Prince Charles spends a lot of time hanging out (perhaps upside down) in his estate in Transylvania in homage to his illustrious ancestor. Then there is the Beeb's presenter Jimmy Savile (read about the current paedophilia; necrophilia; sex abuse scandal in the UK) connection to the royals and high level Illuminists. These are all expressions of contemporary social and cultural decadence which has its antecedents in the gothic wing of the Anglo-American Romantic period. I gladly would plunk down good money to read a full-length treatment of The Gothic by Broom given the tantalizing taste he has provided the casual reader with this volume. So, Professor Broom, please so what you can come up with in this vein.