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Documents of Contemporary Art 6
This reader provides the first comprehensive overview of the Gothic in contemporary visual culture - informed as much by the stock themes of the 18th and 19th century Gothic novel as by more recent permutations of the Gothic in horror film theory, Lacanian psychoanalysis and Goth subcultures. Texts by artists including Mike Kelley, Damien Hirst, Tacita Dean, Jonathan Meese and Catherine Sullivan are complemented by extracts from the writings of Horace Walpole, William Gibson, Bret Easton Ellis and Stephen King, among others, and theoretical writings by such key thinkers as Carol Clover, Beatriz Colomina, Julia Kristeva, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Marina Warner and Slavoj Zizek. Gilda Williams was Commissioning Editor for Contemporary Art at Phaidon Press (1997-2006). She is a critic of art and film and a lecturer on contemporary art at Sotheby's Institute of Art, London. Her writing has appeared in "Artforum", "Tate etc.", "Sight and Sound" and "Parkett". This title is published as part of the "Documents of Contemporary Art" series.
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"The Gothic is alive and kicking. As a subcultural tendency it has displayed surprising staying power, is spectre reappearing periodically since the eighteenth century. This anthology explores the manifold facets of the Gothic- from Frankenstein to its manifestations in contemporary art, architecture, film, music and style- as well as situating the Gothic in its theoretical, philosophical and psychoanalytic contexts." - Christoph Grunenberg, Director, Tate Liverpool