Fear and Fascination
- Do you enjoy being frightened by horror movies of books?
- Is you eye ever drawn to horrible stories in newspapers?
- Have you ever seen a crowd of people gather round an accident or a crime scene?
- Do you feel an adrenalin rush when you are frightened?
- Do your family every talk about sex and death at the dinner table?
- How many euphemisms can you think of for: Death? Sex? Disease? Infidelity? Suicide?
- Was Gothic fiction an outlet for these taboo subjects?
- Is this why metaphor and symbolism is used so much in Gothic fiction.
Fear is a central theme in Gothic Literature. It is also a theme of interest to many Psychologists and Psychiatrists. Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces sets out a theory that mythical creatures, including monsters, represent things in the subconscious. Many critics have looked at Gothic Literature with reference to Freud and Jung.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b017x0vm -This programme is about sex and taboo, by Laurie Taylor.
The Vampire, by Philip Burne-Jones, 1897, painting