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Gothic machine : textualities, pre-cinematic media and film in popular visual culture, 1670-1910

Author: David J Jones
Publisher: Cardiff : University of Wales Press, 2011.
Series: Gothic literary studies.
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Almost everyone loves a good horror film but how did they originate? Audiences thrilled and shuddered at ghosts and monsters projected on screens all over Europe for centuries before film was born. This pioneering book traces the origins and development of the magic lantern shows of fear and reveals their close relation to the great upsurge in Gothic writing, so popular with readers today.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Jones, David J.
Gothic Machine : Textualities, Pre-Cinematic Media and Film in Popular Visual Culture, 1670-1910.
Cardiff : University of Wales Press, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David J Jones
ISBN: 9780708324080 0708324088
OCLC Number: 769342474
Description: 1 online resource ([ix], 240 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Memento Mori, Griendel and the Forerunners, Schröpferand Schiller: German Popular Visual Culture 1670-1800. Friedrich Schiller's Der Geisterseher/The Ghost-Seer, Sturm und Drang and Magic-Lantern Shows --
Matthew Lewis's The Monk, the Marquis de Sade andInter-Medial Influence: The Publishers, Readership, Visual Spectacle and the Staging of Gothic 1790-1830 --
Etienne-Gaspard Robertson's Gothic Fantasmagorie and E.T.A. Hoffmann --
Gothic Renewal and Bifurcation: Sheridan Le Fanu, Edward Bulwer-Lytton's The Strange Tale, Charles Dickens, Pepper's Ghost and Etienne-Jules Marey. The Daguerreotype and Diablerie in French Visual Media --
'In or around the Winter, 1895': From the Prelude to Cinema Proper. French Gothic Symbolism, Villiersde L'Isle-Adam, J.-K. Huysmans, the féeries of Georges Méliès and Alice Guy Blaché's Esmeralda --
'Another Kind of Showman': Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, Robert Paul, Albert Smith and Film's First Frankenstein. Anglo-American Gothic in the Age of the First Films 1895-1910 --
Conclusion: French Extremity.
Series Title: Gothic literary studies.
Responsibility: David J. Jones.

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This book provides new insights into how Gothic Horror as a whole started, and encourages the reader to think of the relations between such books and films as one vibrant set of energies.  Read more...

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