Sexuality and the Gothic Magic Lantern: Desire, Eroticism and Literary Visibilities from Byron to Bram Stoker

Sexuality and the Gothic Magic Lantern: Desire, Eroticism and Literary Visibilities from Byron to Bram Stoker

by D. Jones
     
 

This fascinating study explores the multifarious erotic themes associated with the magic lantern shows, which proved the dominant visual medium of the West for 350 years, and analyses how the shows influenced the portrayals of sexuality in major works of Gothic fiction.  See more details below

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This fascinating study explores the multifarious erotic themes associated with the magic lantern shows, which proved the dominant visual medium of the West for 350 years, and analyses how the shows influenced the portrayals of sexuality in major works of Gothic fiction.

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"A compelling (and - why not?) sexy addition to the burgeoning scholarship on the true underpinnings of Gothic fiction, theater, and film. This book also helps elucidate the history of cinematic forms, the filiations of Romanticism across the nineteenth century, and the history of sexuality and its deployment in changing symbols. In addition, as a contribution to the ongoing development of New Historicist/Cultural Studies, it juxtaposes different media from the same era to show how each affects and is affected by the other in "associations" that enable the modern reader "to discover a forgotten intermedial world of allusion"." - Jerrold E. Hogle, Review 19 (2015)

"Focusing on the Gothic magic lantern and its associations with the erotic, there is much more here which serves to provide an improved understanding of the responses of contemporary writers, artists and other commentators to the magic lantern show. Similarly the author interconnects with the erotic content to be found in a great deal of early lantern imagery [ ] It provides a refreshingly different view of lantern history, and is therefore highly recommended." - Mervyn Heard, The Magic Lantern Society Journal (2015)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781137298911
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
02/19/2014
Series:
Palgrave Gothic Series
Edition description:
2014
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

David J. Jones, author of the best-selling Gothic Machine and editor of Dracula's Precursors, lectures on the M.A. Literature programme at the Open University, UK. He is also a prize-winning poet and magic lanternist and has exhibited his Phantasmagoria show at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival.

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