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Dark Imaginings: Gothic Tales of Wonder


Wed 9 May 2018, 12:00pm–2:00pm
Tue 31 Jul 2018, 12:00pm–2:00pm

Where: University of Melbourne - Parkville Campus, 1–100 Grattan Street, Parkville, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free
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Dark Imaginings: Gothic Tales of Wonder explores the emergence of an 18th-century Gothic sensibility in literature, art and music at the Noel Shaw Gallery, The University of Melbourne.

In 18th-century Europe, a revolutionary shift in literary and artistic expression took place which became known as ‘the Gothic’. This new creative genre took nightmarish images of barbarity, oppression and supernatural belief and fused them with a Romantic focus on imagination and emotion, to create a literary and artistic tradition of frightening and thrilling originality.

Showcasing the rich holdings from the Baillieu Library’s Special Collections, the exhibition tells the stories of graveyard poets, body snatchers and anatomists, and the pseudo-scientific craze of trying to bring dead creatures back to life with electric shock treatment. Accounts will be given of famous figures in the development of the gothic novel such as 18th century eccentrics, William Beckford and Horace Walpole who, not content with writing Gothic novels, also constructed elaborate Gothic buildings.

The exhibition will mark a number of important Gothic anniversaries, including the bicentenary of the first publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the 200th birthday of Emily Brontë, author of Wuthering Heights.

The event is taking place at Noel Shaw Gallery.