Using crowd sourcing, we’re going to develop a working definition of Gothic. In the comments below, I want you a paragraph giving something of a definition / impression or sense of what Gothic means. Use the ‘net and any other books you may want. Cite your sources by putting in links and MLA citations. Sound fun? Hope so. Here’s the catch. Each webpage can only be cited once. So if someone has already put up a link, you need to find a new one. Look at each other’s links and make comments if the spirit moves you. Please make sure you finish putting your links up (you can keep on reading and commenting of course) by 11:59 Thursday, January 16th so we can pull them all together for class on Friday.
Example: The classic definition of Gothic fiction is literature that combines elements of both horror and romance. That’s what I remember most from literature courses. Yet “romance” itself is a style that can take many forms. When I think of Gothic literature I think of British classics like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. I found this definition interesting: “Gothic is a genre that is at once cohesive and divisive, a unification of elements and a paradox. It incorporates themes of eternal conflict and importance to the human condition – relationships, gender, patriarchy, nostalgia, and the sublime. Most importantly, it looks away from the present to the past and from what is obvious and scientific towards an inner world that is at once liberating and imprisoning, and forces the reader to engage it on its own terms, and not those of social and cultural conditioning. It defies categorization and explanation!”
Citation: http://melissaelmes.blogspot.com/2007/07/what-is-gothic-literature.html Melle. “What is Gothic Literature.” Gothic Literature. 2007. Web. 15 Jan. 2014.
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