Palgrave Gothic

Sexuality and the Gothic Magic Lantern

Desire, Eroticism and Literary Visibilities from Byron to Bram Stoker

Authors: Jones, D.

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This fascinating study explores the multifarious erotic themes associated with the magic lantern shows, which proved the dominant visual medium of the West for 350 years, and analyses how the shows influenced the portrayals of sexuality in major works of Gothic fiction.

About the authors

David J. Jones, author of the best-selling Gothic Machine and editor of Dracula's Precursors, lectures on the M.A. Literature programme at the Open University, UK. He is also a prize-winning poet and magic lanternist and has exhibited his Phantasmagoria show at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival.

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"A compelling (and - why not?) sexy addition to the burgeoning scholarship on the true underpinnings of Gothic fiction, theater, and film. This book also helps elucidate the history of cinematic forms, the filiations of Romanticism across the nineteenth century, and the history of sexuality and its deployment in changing symbols. In addition, as a contribution to the ongoing development of New Historicist/Cultural Studies, it juxtaposes different media from the same era to show how each affects and is affected by the other in "associations" that enable the modern reader "to discover a forgotten intermedial world of allusion"." - Jerrold E. Hogle, Review 19 (2015)

"Focusing on the Gothic magic lantern and its associations with the erotic, there is much more here which serves to provide an improved understanding of the responses of contemporary writers, artists and other commentators to the magic lantern show. Similarly the author interconnects with the erotic content to be found in a great deal of early lantern imagery [ ] It provides a refreshingly different view of lantern history, and is therefore highly recommended." - Mervyn Heard, The Magic Lantern Society Journal (2015)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-31

    Jones, David J.

  • Sex and the Ghost Show: The Early Ghost Lanternists

    Pages 32-70

    Jones, David J.

  • Byron: Incest, Voyeurism and the Phantasmagoria

    Pages 71-108

    Jones, David J.

  • Brontë’s Villette: Desire and Lanternicity in the Domestic Gothic

    Pages 109-141

    Jones, David J.

  • Le Fanu’s Carmilla: Lesbian Desire in the Lanternist Novella

    Pages 142-168

    Jones, David J.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sexuality and the Gothic Magic Lantern
Book Subtitle
Desire, Eroticism and Literary Visibilities from Byron to Bram Stoker
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Gothic
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-29892-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137298928
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-29891-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-45252-1
Series ISSN
2634-6214
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 254
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