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He kills them all, eats some of baby’s brain, sodomizes child (sexually stimulated by killing), collected blood oHe was known as the vampire of Sacramento or Dracula Killer oHis logical pattern (why pleading insanity didn’t work): if he came to a house and the door was open then he could come in and kill oTrial was in 1979oHe dies in 1980because other inmates were afraid of him and convinced him to commit suicide with antidepressants Gothic Literature Gothic–comes from the eastern Germanic tribe called the Goths oThey attacked/fought the Roman empire oGoth came to mean someone who was rude or barbaric Then gothic was used to describe architecture oRomans invented cement and were inspired by Greeks so they used columns oBut columns were for decoration and main structure was with arches oHoly Roman Empire uses columns in their architecture especially for decoration –called RomanesqueoPeople eventually become bored so they add to it, make it bigger, etc. oTo the average person, the new buildings were “too much” and they thought the architecture was rude so they called it “gothic” architectureMovements during Enlightenment (1500-1600s especially) led to gothic literature oNeoclassicism Period in culture/arts that had the idea of revisiting classical Greece & Rome for inspiration Mostly during 1600s-1760s but influence in architecture lasts today
All about order and organization All about symbolization (especially Greek and Roman like using goddesses to talk about love) Poetry was slow, simple, and boring oRomanticism From mid 1700s –early 1800s Not about order –about lack of order, chaos (especially in nature), movement, expressing emotion Gothic is a subgenre that focuses on the bad parts of romanticism Major output for gothic was literature not visual which was unusual, but because it was taboo to visualize such grim/graphic scenes Primary output was short stories oGothic movement led to the decadencemovement Decadence movement was extreme version of gothic –obsessed with murder, the dead/undead, sexuality Described things in graphic detail Obsessed with Edgar Allen Poe (prototype for decadence) First gothic writer: Horace Walpole(1717-1797) oThere was gothic work before this time but he was the official beginning of the gothic period oHe was a politician and eccentric historian (he was obsessed with the Middle Ages/Medieval times) He collected artifacts/researched kings and queens Used them for design elements oIn 1749 he bought the property Strawberry Hilland designed it to look like it was a castle from the Middle Ages The design has mostly no structural purpose because he was just interested in the look (i.e. he had arrow holes on the roof) oHe wrote a story that took place in his house: Castle of Otranto, a novella in 1764 A novella is a short novel but not quite long enough It was the first work of gothic literature It takes place in the middle ages but the setting was based off his own house