conceptual oyster

the world is my oyster…living in random oyster beds, oceans and marshes worldwide, currently:, New Zealand

written wednesday

* i don’t know what’s going on with formating…

 gothic parliament

here is a literary genre to explore (as i intend to) if you are bored with the latest commercial paperback. i think it appeals to that same portion of our psyche that wants to climb on a roller coaster perfect for those stormy late summer evenings in the northern hemisphere.

Gothic Literature

The Gothic novel springs forth rather suddenly as the increasing preoccupation with individual consciousness that begins in the early 18th century collides with the unique cultural anxieties of the late 18th century. The emotions of these characters are externalized in a radical new way; their deepest passions and fears are literalized as other characters, supernatural phenomena, and even inanimate objects. At the same time, the nature of the fear represented in these novels–fear of imprisonment or entrapment, personal violation, of the triumph of evil over good and chaos over order–seems to reflect a specific historical moment characterized by increasing disillusionment with Enlightenment rationality and by bloody revolutions in America and France.

also, some links to explore further:

http://www.engl.virginia.edu/enec981/Group/title.html

http://www.zittaw.com/gothicliterature.htm

http://personal.georgiasouthern.edu/~dougt/gothic.htm

 excerpts by elizabeth gaskell:

http://www.litgothic.com/Authors/gaskell.html

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