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Neil Bowen
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Dr Pedlingham's seminar will take place on Tues. evening.

May 9, 2017 at 11:09 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Graeme Pedlingham
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Hello all! Welcome to this session on the Gothic and monstrosity - if you're here, feel free to say hi!

May 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Griff
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Hello!

May 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Rob Marshall
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Good evening.

May 9, 2017 at 2:02 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Neil Bowen
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Evening all.

May 9, 2017 at 2:03 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Neil Bowen
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Creatures of the night might not want to make their presence known to mortals.

May 9, 2017 at 2:03 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Graeme Pedlingham
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Evening! I thought we might start this session by looking at a visual object, one really from the beginning of the Gothic as a cultural movement: Henry Fuseli's 1781 painting The Nightmare.

May 9, 2017 at 2:04 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Graeme Pedlingham
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There's a link to it here: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/56/John_Henry_Fuseli_-_The_Nightmare.JPG

May 9, 2017 at 2:04 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Rob Marshall
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Everyone carrying their crucifixes, Consecrated Host and garlic?

May 9, 2017 at 2:04 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Graeme Pedlingham
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This painting, for me, picks up on many of the themes and ideas that are really originary to the Gothic, coming near the start of the 'first wave Gothic' movement. I'm just wondering what people make of this? Is there anything that stands out as being particularly strange?!

May 9, 2017 at 2:05 PM Flag Quote & Reply

carly curry
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Good evening. Do you consider society as being the most significant factor in the creation of gothic monsters? Or would you argue science / religion?
May 9, 2017 at 2:06 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Neil Bowen
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Rob Marshall at May 9, 2017 at 2:04 PM

Everyone carrying their crucifixes, Consecrated Host and garlic?

Bugger, forgot the garlic...sorry Graeme we'll start concentrating now...

May 9, 2017 at 2:06 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Neil Bowen
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What's the creature to the left of the demon?

May 9, 2017 at 2:07 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Graeme Pedlingham
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Ah, good question Carly - can I hang onto that for just a minute? I think we'll pick up on that as we go through.

May 9, 2017 at 2:07 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Griff
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The mad eyed horse is really odd. Along with the goblin like creature

May 9, 2017 at 2:07 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Rob Marshall
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The succubus on her chest symbolising the incarnation of presumably sleep paralysis and evidently the black night mare in the background. (Also helpless pale maiden!!)

May 9, 2017 at 2:08 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Graeme Pedlingham
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A strange figure indeed  that both Neil and Carly are referring to - it seems to be a black horse, or a 'night mare'...

May 9, 2017 at 2:08 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Graeme Pedlingham
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Indeed! The incubus demon is really striking, and our poor maiden - is she asleep? Dead?

May 9, 2017 at 2:09 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Neil Bowen
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So, this was painted around 15 years after The Castle of Otranto was published, is that right?

May 9, 2017 at 2:10 PM Flag Quote & Reply

carly curry
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What is on her dressing table? Is it a glass container for poison?
May 9, 2017 at 2:10 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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