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Lecture 13 - Literary Vampire in the 18th & 19th Century

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Unformatted text preview: cite the ideas of Whatever is fitted to excite the ideas of pain and danger... is a source of the sublime It is productive of the strongest sublime. It is productive of the strongest emotion which the mind is capable of feeling feeling” (A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, 1756) Henry Fuselli The Nightmare Henry Fuselli, The Nightmare 1781 Th The Gothic Novel From mid-1700s Most popular 1790s–1820s popular 1790s “Sublime” reaction to Age of Reason Gothic = “medieval” “Ruinous Tower” (built as a ruin) Tower (built as ruin) Tsarskoe Selo, Russia Th The Gothic Novel Like the Goths, authors were attacking the spirit of Classicism Atmosphere of Gothic novels is typical of vampire literature vampire literature Th The Gothic Novel Return of the past rejected and feared by the Enlightenment Medieval (“Gothic”) settings Castles, ruins, crypts, fog, dark ruins crypts fog dark Dungeons, secret passageways Scene from The Castle of Otranto Scene from The Castle of Otranto, by Horace Walpole (1765) Gothic Attraction to the Irrational Att th Terror Pain Supernatural Madness Decay Death Perverse impulses in civilized minds impulses in civilized minds Gothic Attraction to the Irrational Att th Full of secret plots and violence Often machinations by evil monks machinations by evil monks Representing religious values rejected by the Enlightenment by the Enlightenment Scene from The I...
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