Damning Eroticism in Psycho and Turn of the Screw

Eroticism and the politics of sexuality haunt the Gothic style. Analyse the narrative function of sexuality and the erotic in your chosen texts. Damning Eroticism in Psycho and Turn of the Screw Morgan Pinder When the gothic meets the erotic the audience finds themselves in uncomfortable grey areas that subvert sexual norms and create a…

Playing the Heroine and Distorting the Abbey – Northanger Abbey and Lady Audley’s Secret

Analyse the nature of parody (as exaggeration, imitation, or mockery, for example) as a narrative device in your chosen texts. Gothic texts have often utilised parody to critique cherished foundational archetypes, twisting noble patriarchs into benevolent tyrants, heroes into anti-heroes and supernatural aids into deceitful harbingers of destruction. These decadent and flawed tropes of gothic…

“They be nowt but air-blebs” – Bram Stoker’s Dracula

After the eerie subtlety of Henry James’s Turn of the Screw it has come as quite a shock to be confronted by the chilling, violence of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. A bit of context for this reading: As a child nothing terrified me so much as vampires. The viewing of a 10 second snippet of Interview…

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

The place, Henry James’s Turn of the Screw, has secured as one of the key psychological and gothic horror novels is certainly evident, even from a cursory reading. But let me first say one thing about Turn of the Screw; That shit is creepy as fuck Nothing much really, or at least concretely, happens of…