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Catherine Spooner is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Lancaster University. She is the author of Fashioning Gothic Bodies (2004).
Why won't Goth die? In Contemporary Gothic, Catherine Spooner performs a critical vivisection of the Goth subculture aesthetic to isolate the reasons why it eternally resurfaces in marginal and mainstream contemporary culture. Cutting through the subculture's conventions and cliches, Spooner examines Goth's roots in the gothic literary tradition while deftly deconstructing some of the more visible examples of Gothic pervasiveness ... Spooner also eloquently demonstrates that even commercially marketed and consumed Goth culture provides a vital intelligent, critical counterpoint to the pop, sparkle and giggle of mass popular culture. Art Review ... if you're prepared to absorb more pop-cultural references than a Joss Whedon screenplay and you've always wondered what Nick Cave has in common with Corrie, then this is the set text for you. SFX Magazine engaging and accessible throughout ... Spooner's book offers a fascinating cultural snapshot of where Gothic is 'at' ...' - Cultural Sociology Contemporary Gothic is both scholarly and engaging; Spooner ably synthesizes critical work on the gothic of the past to generate a definition of its form and function at the present moment, and to shed light on the many corners of the culture in which we can catch the gothic lurking. Journal of American Cultures From mud brick classrooms to interior 'streets', this compact book (part of Reaktion's Objekt series) considers the form and function of the school. Remember that fusty old building? The authors ask how new technology and globalisation might affect 21st century notions of "school". RIBA Journal