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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books (1 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861893019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861893017
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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 clichs, 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

"Interesting and accessible." -- Alastair Mabbott "Glasgow Herald" (01/06/2007)

  "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 clich???s, 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   

"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."2;"Art Review""" ""

"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 clichs, 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

"Interesting and accessible."--"Glasgow Herald" --Alastair Mabbott"Glasgow Herald" (01/06/2007)

"Interesting and accessible."--Alastair Mabbott"Glasgow Herald" (01/06/2007)

"Refreshingly free of the kind of heavy theoretical jargon that would make even the palest goth blanch in dismay."--Mikita Brottman"The Chronicle Review" (06/15/2007)

Synopsis

Modern Gothic culture alternately fascinates, horrifies, or bewilders many of us. We cringe at pictures of Marilyn Manson, cheer for Buffy in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", and try not to stare at the pierced and tattooed teens on the streets. But what is it about this dark and morbidly morose aesthetic that has enthralled today's pop culture? In this groundbreaking new study, Catherine Spooner probes into the reasons behind the prevalence of Gothic in popular culture and how it has inspired innovative new work in film, literature, music, and art. Spooner traces the emergence of the Gothic subculture over the past few decades, and examines the various aspects of contemporary culture that revolve around the grotesque, abject, and artificial. She reveals the continual re-situating of the Gothic in different spheres of culture, exploring the transplantation of the "street" Goth style to fashion looks by haute couture fashion designers and illuminating the connections between such high-brow literary writers as Toni Morrison and Peter Ackroyd and mass-market authors such as Anne Rice and Poppy Z. Brite.

In her engaging analysis, Spooner argues that Gothic culture balances between a number of contradictions - the grotesque and incorporeal, authentic self-expression and campiness, mass popularity and cult appeal, comfort and outrage - and these contradictions make Gothic culture a crucial expression of contemporary cultural currents. Whether seeking to understand the stories behind the TV show "Supernatural" or to extract deeper meanings in modern literature, "Contemporary Gothic" is a lively and virtually unparalleled study of the modern Gothic sensibility that pervades popular culture today.

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