Sexuality and the Gothic Magic Lantern

Sexuality and the Gothic Magic Lantern

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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. It offers vivid, new readings of works as varied as Charlotte BrApnte's Villette and Bram Stoker's Dracula, and even uses clues suggested by magic lantern references to discover the meaning of the amorous entanglement described in the last extant stanzas of Byron's Don Juan. The first book-length consideration of the erotic associations connected with lantern shows, Jones reinstates the lanterns' importance for past generations in their visualization and expression of diverse sexualities and argues that an understanding of these influences serves fundamentally to change our reading of Gothic literature.1981, visualpleasure-and.html, accessed 3 September 2012. MusAcus, Johann Karl August, VolksmAcrchen der Deutschen (German Folk Tales), files/32046/32045-h/32046-h32046-h.htm, accessed 18 March 2013. Ndalianis ... files/2011/12/SLAVICFORUM_2012_OLOWOYEYE_PRESENTATION.pdf, accessed 28 May 2013. Oxford English Dictionary, vols I, IV and VII (Oxford University Press, 1978).

Title:Sexuality and the Gothic Magic Lantern
Author:David J. Jones
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2014-02-19


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