Roger Luckhurst: From Frankenstein to Dark Academia - Exploring Gothic
Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 17:00-18:00
Session No: 247
Haunted houses, forbidden forests, and eerie estates immediately spring to mind at the word ‘Gothic’. It conjures images of the dark and melancholy, and the weird and feared. And as it has travelled across time and space, ‘Gothic’ has morphed and adapted around and into our shifting fears and anxieties.
In this illustrated talk. author and cultural expert Roger Luckhurst will trace the wide-ranging history of the Gothic style and how it has manifested itself within architecture, literature, film, art, video games and more. How did such a subversive aesthetic become an essential part of mainstream global culture? Why do we see beauty in the morbid and ominous? What is it about being scared that appeals to us so much? And why do we find comfort in the dark and suspenseful?
Roger Luckhurst has published widely, specialising in science fiction and the Gothic, with 10 books that include cultural histories of science fiction, zombies, mummy curses, telepathy, trauma and corridors. He has written on film, including short books on the classics Alien and The Shining, and has edited several Gothic classics for Oxford University Press, including Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and H. P. Lovecraft’s Classic Horror Tales.
Gothic: An Illustrated History is his latest book.