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Christine Vial-Kayser, 'The Gothic Spirit in the art of Jake and Dinos Chapman: An Historical Investigation.'

[Otranto 007] To cite or link to this article, please use the permanent url http://www.otranto.co.uk/index.php/publication/view/58 , or the shortened link tinyurl.com/otranto007 .   In 2006 Tate Britain organised an exhibition devoted to the Gothic spirit in the art of Henry Fuseli (1741-1825), William Blake (1757-1827) and James Gillray (1757-1815) called Gothic Nightmares: Fuseli, Blake and the Romantic Imagination. In the catalogue, Martin Myrone suggests that part of the fascination with those artists “is that they occupy the characteristic fault-lines within […]…

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David Langdon, System Override: Detecting Conservative Trends Within Gothic Video Gaming

[Otranto 006] In the field of Gothic studies, the Gothic is commonly figured as a force of rebellious escapism. This view is contested with regard to Gothic video games in the following essay, by identifying conservative trends in a number of recent games. To cite or link to this article, please use the permanent link http://www.otranto.co.uk/index.php/publication/view/57, or the reduced link tinyurl.com/otranto006.     Within the field of Gothic studies, the Gothic is commonly figured as escapism on the highest level: a force…

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Eva Coupková, ‘Vile Treachery in my Castle!’: The Subversion of the Patriarchal Castle in Two Early Gothic Plays

  [Otranto 005] This paper compares two early Gothic dramas performed during Horace Walpole’s lifetime – The Kentish Barons (1791), the only play by Francis North, and Miss Burke’s single play entitled The Ward of the Castle (1793). Many critics read Gothic writing as fundamentally subversive since it questions the political and social status quo. Kate F. Ellis sees the Gothic as the ‘subversion of domestic ideology’, a reaction to the gender roles and separate-sphere ideology that emerged at the…

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Viviane Delpech, The Château d’Abbadia (Pays Basque, France): Antoine d’Abbadie’s romantic and political utopia.

[Otranto 004] This communication attempts to show how d’Abbadie’s approach consisted in recreating a dreamlike microcosm expressing both his romantic and reactionary ideals. Abbadia’s Gothic Revival is not limited to architecture and decors but it also spreads into the whole property in a way of life founded on feudal and Catholic social models. To cite or link to this essay, please use the permanent link: http://www.otranto.co.uk/index.php/publication/view/55, or the reduced link tinyurl.com/otranto004   [Note: All the illustrations are available in high resolution here;…

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"'Tis a mad world at Hogsdon": Leisure, Licence and the Exoticism of Suburban Space in Early Jacbean London

[Otranto 002] This essay is a study of the 1609 pamphlet Pimlyco, or Runne Red-Cap: ‘Tis a mad world at Hogsdon, which concerns the Pimlyco tavern situated in Hoxton in north-east London. A scholarly edition of the text of the pamphlet, which contains several verse sections and a prose passage, has been published electronically in conjunction with the essay. It is argued that the imagery of Pimlyco is intimately connected with the material conditions and topography of the northeastern suburbs, and as such provides…

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Fiona Robertson, 'Disfigurement and Disability: Walter Scott’s Bodies'

[Otranto 003] Drawing on recent scholarship on the physical in the Romantic Period and on considerations of disability in modern and contemporary poetics, Robertson here considers conflicts of corporeality in Walter Scott’s works, critical reception, and cultural status. To cite or link to this essay, please use the permanent link: http://www.otranto.co.uk/index.php/publication/view/54, or the reduced link tinyurl.com/otranto003       Disfigurement and Disability: Walter Scott’s Bodies Fiona Robertson                               …

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