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Twentieth Century Gothic Literature

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Twentieth Century Gothic Literature
Week Beginning 09/09/09
Duration: 1 hour

Gothic novels experienced a peak in their popularity in the 20th century.
Activity:
Complete the VEN diagram exploring the differences and similarities between Eighteenth, Nineteeth and Contemporary Gothic Fiction.

Hint: Who?
What?
Where?
When?
Why?

Extension Task: How does the media influence our perceptions of the Gothic?
Several new variants of Gothic fiction arose. Modern Gothic or sometimes known as Gothic Romantic became commercially successful and targeted a woman based audience. The Protagonist was often young women who would discover a dark secret about their superior suitors or husbands. Victoria Holt was one of the authors who sent the trend going. Holt wrote books such as the “Mistress of Mellyn” and “The Captive”.
Plenary
Representatives travel to other groups to share findings, then report back to “base”.
By the end of this lesson you will be able to:
Describe contemporary Gothic culture in relation to contemporary Gothic literature.
Identify characteristics of Gothic literature.
Compare and contrast characteristics of contemporary Gothic Literature
Twentieth Century Gothic Literature
In your pairs dicuss why Gothic Literature
increased in popularity? THINK, PAIR, SHARE IT.....
5 Minutes
Gothic has always, of course, been associated with the popular.

From the magic lantern shows of the eighteenth century, through the stage melodramas to the great black and white movies produced by Universal Studios between the 1920s and 1940s, Gothic has always been difficult to confine within narrow definitions of the ‘literary’, and has been
disseminated widely to popular audiences in a myriad of different ways.
Modernism
Arising out of the rebellious mood at the beginning of the twentieth century, modernism was a radical approach that yearned to revitalize the way modern civilization viewed life, art, politics, and science.
Religion VS Science
Scientific discoveries and technological innovations taking place.
Several psychological theoreticians were to also fundamentally alter the way that modern man viewed his own internal reality- Sigmund Freud
World War I – 1914-1918
Devastation – 33 million military casualties
5 million civilian casualties
Millions of deaths from war-related epidemic of influenza
Europe torn apart
Russian Revolution - 1917
Twenthieth Century Gothic Literature
20 Minutes+ 10 Minutes Feedback
5 Minutes
Extension: Read through the article
Introduction Gothic in Contemporary Popular Culture on the VLE. Consider how Gothic culture is represented in this artcle,
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