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The Gothic in Literature and Film

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The Gothic in Literature and Film E 350

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Date Created: 09/22/15
22 January Elementscomponents that contribute to sense of fear Darkness Unfamiliar space D I u Panic and confusion nanimate comes to life Inexplicable phenomenon Solitude Masks Surprise suddenness Enclosed spaces Loss of control Fear of death violence pursuit supernatural phenomena Something llwrong llout of place uncanny feeling Antique or old things Animals acting strangely Flight response Fog cold Irregular physiological response breathing Noise or silence Being pursued hunted Edmund Burke 1757 A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origins of our Ideas Of the Sublime and the Beautiful The Sublime that which creates an experience of terror dread horror fear suspense in a person or observer Why do we enjoy being frightened Reminds us of the fantasyreality dyad that was from someone else s imagination I didn t actually experience it Catharsis Heightened state of awareness Scene for Gothic Self mold mirror hedges night room color Institute history pain little horrors abandoned supposed to be left quotOtherquot didn t stay quotUsquot trappedconfinement potential for insanity broken new places trust Burke on the Sublime The Nature of the Sublime quotThe passion caused by the great and sublime in nature is Astonishment and astonishment is that state of the soul in which all its motions are suspended with some degree of horror In this case the mind is so entirely filled with its object that it cannot entertain any other No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fearquot Qualities of the sublime that can unleash terror Obscurity night lack of clarity darkness in varying degrees Power strength coupled with an ability to injure to do violence Privation emptiness solitude silence Vastness in order of ascending effect length height depth Infinity in time and space Uniformity repetition Magnitude in Architecture Intense Light Loudness Suddenness Intermittent sounds and intermittent light Animal cries Bodily Pain Burke Pleasure of the Sublimethe Gothic llf the sublime is built on terror it is proper to inquire how any species of delight can be derived from a cause so apparently contrary to itquot llAs a due exercise is essential to the muscular parts of the constitution and that without rousing they would become languid and diseased to have them in proper order they must be shaken and worked to a proper degreequot llf the pain and terror are so modified as not to be actually noxious if the pain is not carried to violence and the terror is not conversant about the present destruction of the person they are capable of producing delight not pleasure but a sort of delightful horror a sort of tranquility tinged with terrorquot llWhen danger or pain press too nearly they are incapable of giving any delight and are simply terrible but at certain distances and with certain modifications they may be and they are delightful as we every day experiencequot Anna Letitia Aiken and John Aiken on the Pleasure of the GothicLiterature of Terror But the apparent delight with which we dwell upon objects of pure terror where no passion seems to be excited but the depressing one of fear is a paradox of the heart much more difficult of solution The reality of this source of pleasure seems evident from daily observation The greediness with which the tales of ghosts and goblins of murders earthquakes fires shipwrecks and all the most terrible disasters attending human life are devoured by every ear must have been generally remarked Tragedy the most favourite work of fiction has taken a full share of those scenes llit has supt full with horrorsquot and has perhaps been more indebted to its tender and pathetic parts The old Gothic romance and the Eastern tale with their genii giants enchantments and transformations however a refined critic may censure them as absurd and extravagant will ever retain a most powerful influence on the mind and interest the reader independently of all peculiarity of taste How are we then to account for the pleasure derived from such objects I have often been led to image that there is a deception in these cases and that the avidity with which we attend is not a proof of our receiving real pleasure The pain of suspense and the irresistible desire of satisfying curiosity when once raised for our eagerness to go quite through an adventure though we suffer actual pain during the whole course of it We rather choose to suffer the smart pang of a violent emotion than the uneasy craving of an unsatisfied desire That this principle in many instances may involuntarily carry us through what we dislike I am convinced from experience This is the impulse which renders the poorest and most insipid narrative interesting when once we get fairly into it and I have frequently felt it with regard to our modern novels which if lying on my table and taken up in an idle hour have led me through the most tedious and disgusting pages while like Pistol eating his leek I have swallowed and execrated to the end And it will not only force us through dullness but through actual torture through the relation of a Damien s execution or an inquisitor s act of faith When children therefore listen with pale and mute attention to the frightful stories of apparitions we are not perhaps to image that they are in a state of enjoyment any more than the poor bird which is dropping into the mouth of the rattlesnake they are chained by the ears and fascinated by curiosity This solution however does not satisfy me with respect to the wellwrought scenes of artificial terror which are formed by a sublime and vigorous imagination Here though we know before hand what to expect we enter into them with eagerness in quest of a pleasure already experienced This is the pleasure constantly attached to the excitement of surprise from new and wonderful objects A strange and unexpected event awakens the mind and keeps it on the stretch and where the agency of invisible beings is introduced of llforms unseen and mightier far than wequot our imagination darting forth explores with rapture the new world which is laid open to its view and rejoices in the expansion of its powers Passion and fancy cooperating elevate the soul to its highest pitch and the pain of terror is lost in amazement Hence the more wild fanciful and extraordinary are the circumstance of a scene of horror the more pleasure we receive from it and where they are too near common nature though violently borne by curiosity through the adventure we cannot repeat it or reflect on it without an overbalance of pain 29 January The Yellow Wallpaper Reasons for insanity John husband and brother both doctors Depression baby Confined haunting Fixation wallpaper Nursery Bolted bedbars Falling out Mystery institution who tore the wallpaper Timing Medicine Chemicals Personal history Her writing Fungus Disease The nursery Sunshine galore all ways 9 light but also exposed Rings and things 9 play shacklesconfinement Bars 9 safety prison Stripped paper 9 vulnerable Disjointed pattern Flamboyant 9 cheerful luxury flame uncontained wild personifying Dull 9 suicide Responsibility John lack of agency stop writing makes worse reduction to infancy Reality Women s treatment Verification the men The wallpaper is Her own agency Unreliable narrator The Telltale Heart Appeal of Edgar Allen Poe Narrative control Everything is deliberate intentional Originator of many metaphors settingsatmospheres devices Descriptions draw you in vivid fleshed out Accessible Mystique of author author s story Who is the narrative directed to Police himself fellow inmate doctor in an asylum jury confession to a religious person Begins in medias res in the midst of things How does it create a feeling of uncertaintyindeterminacy Vagueness No specific location in time or space Motive No names Purpose of the tale persuade that he is sane How he tells the tale is keycrucial to establishing sanity quotcalmlyquot quothealthilyquot To be mad is to not be able to communicate How do we knowwhere do we recognize his madness Dashes punctuation leapstwists Tone Obsessiveness fixation Motive seems searching for one arbitrarily fixates on the eye Watching the old man sleep quotI knewquot Emotional distanceddissociated from his murderous actions Loss of ordinary relationship to time Calmness when dismembering the body disposing of it Careful planning and deliberation as he carries out his actions Premeditated murder without motive Confidence calmness yet misses details Overacuteness of his senses Lack of awareness of what his statements must signify to others Detachment from social norms Timekeeping and the eye Motive Speech Death is when time sleeps So obsession with timekeeping is also obsession with death Vulture eye bird of death Open eye 9 time for death 9 cessation of time The Eye Fear terror Unknown cause of fear that resides in the old man Killing the thing you love the most Oedipal hate son kills father Repetition intensification of feelings Tone Dashes punctuation leaps twists Emotions expressed contradict the ideas


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