Dark Imaginings: Gothic Tales of Wonder

Exhibition

Dark Imaginings: Gothic Tales of Wonder

In 18th century Europe a revolutionary shift in literary and artistic expression took place that became known as ‘the Gothic’. Nightmarish images of barbarity, oppression and the supernatural were abstracted from an earlier medieval (or ‘Gothic’) age and fused with a Romantic focus on imagination and emotion, resulting in works of frightening and thrilling originality. Leading exponents of the gothic set their creative works in dark and claustrophobic spaces or wild, threatening landscapes and infused them with melancholy, gloom and fear.

Dark Imaginings: Gothic Tales of Wonder, an exhibition in the Noel Shaw Gallery, Baillieu Library, explores the expression of the Gothic from the mid-18th century to the end of the 19th century, primarily as represented in the University’s Special Collections. It 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.