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Post-Millennial Gothic


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Introduction 1. Consuming the Edible Graveyard: Gothic Lifestyles and Lifestyle Gothic 2. 'The images, for me, are the story': Tim Burton's Gothic Aesthetics 3. 'Forget Nu Rave, We're Into Nu Grave!': High Street Style and the uses of Gothic Romance 4. Gothic Charm School, or, How Vampires Learned to Sparkle 5. Pretty in Black: The Goth Girl and the Whimsical Macabre 6. 'Happy Nights Are Here Again': Having a Laugh with Vampires and Other Monsters 7. 'I'm the Shoreditch Vampire': Making Over Goth Masculinities in Television Comedy 8. 'Swishing about and spookiness': Whitby and Gothic Literary Tourism from Bram Stoker's Dracula to Paul Magrs's Never the Bride Conclusion: Gothic Celebrations Works cited Index

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Explores previously neglected elements of comedy, fantasy and romance in contemporary Gothic texts, from the Twilight books to the films of Tim Burton.

About the Author

Catherine Spooner is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Lancaster University, UK. She is co-editor (with Emma McEvoy) of The Routledge Companion to Gothic (2007) and author of Contemporary Gothic (2006) and Fashioning Gothic Bodies (2004).


Spooner is especially persuasive in her argument that the rise in the fusion of comedy and Gothic needs not to be viewed as on the fringes of what is quintessentially Gothic, but rather a turn toward a new form of Gothic altogether ... Spooner's writing style, as well as her intriguing references and anecdotes, provides for a very enjoyable and accessible read-for those inside and outside academia. * The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts *
Post-Millennial Gothic is well rounded, accessible and very readable study that arguably succeeds in its mission statement and more. * The Dark Arts Journal *
This book expands our understanding of the Gothic and uses lots of interesting contemporary examples. I think this book would be of interest to not just Gothic scholars, but also those interested in post-millennial and material culture. * Fantastika *

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