By Neil Matheson
Surrealism and the Gothic is the 1st book-length research of the function performed via the gothic in either the preliminary emergence of surrealism and at key moments in its next improvement as an artwork and literary circulate. The ebook argues the powerful and sustained effect, not just of the vintage gothic novel itself – Ann Radcliffe, Charles Maturin, Matthew Lewis, and so forth. – but additionally the determinative impression of heavily comparable phenomena, as with the effect of mediumism, alchemy and magic. The booklet additionally lines the later improvement of the gothic novel, as with Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and its mutation into such works of renowned fiction because the Fantômas series of Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre, enthusiastically taken up by way of writers resembling Apollinaire and in this case feeding into the improvement of surrealism. extra largely, the ebook considers a number of motifs strongly linked to gothic writing, as with madness, incarceration and the ‘accursed outsider’, explored in terms of the non-public event and electroshock therapy of Antonin Artaud. A habitual motif of the research is that of the gothic citadel, constructed within the writings of André Breton, Artaud, Sade, Julien Gracq and different writers, in addition to within the paintings of visible artists comparable to Magritte.
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Surrealism and the Gothic: Castles of the Interior (Studies in Surrealism) by Neil Matheson