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The Gothic: from Dracula to The Shining

Roger Luckhurst explores how the ever-evolving Gothic genre has been used to explore society’s anxieties over time 

Published: January 19, 2022 at 12:12 pm
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Roger Luckhurst speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about how the idea of the Gothic has evolved and mutated over time, from medieval-inspired architecture and 19th-century vampire fiction to politicised horror films. He also reveals how the genre has been used as a vehicle to explore society’s anxieties over time, from sex and gender to race and colonialism. 


Roger Luckhurst is the author of Gothic: An Illustrated History (Thames & Hudson, 2021)

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