Since its first instance 250 years ago, Gothic literature and its faux-medieval aesthetic have spawned many sub-genres, such as the French roman noir (black novel) and the German shauerroman (shudder novel).
However, Gothic fiction, like science fiction and the detective novel after it, was not initially regarded as a serious literary genre and was largely ignored or disparaged by critics. This was partly because the genre went against the principles of Enlightenment: rationality and science. Later writers such as E.T.A. Hoffman, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, and Edgar Allan Poe helped to grow its credibility by producing some of modern fiction’s most popular titles. Highlights of the exhibition include a first edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula from 1897 and illustrations by Harry Clarke for Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination.
|What||Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination, The British Library|
|Where||British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB | MAP|
|Nearest tube||King's Cross St. Pancras (underground)|
03 Oct 14 – 20 Jan 15, 12:00 AM – 12:00 AM
|Price||£10 for adults, free for under 18s|
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