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Australian films in the 1990s
Jonathan Rayner

, instead greeting each appalling plot turn with a resigned shrug. 7 Characteristics of the Gothic (in the portrayal of pervasive parental authority, the sudden irruption of doom-laden events, and the dis-empowered hero) are treated humorously in writer-director Ruane’s debut feature. The black comedy and splatstick elements incorporated alongside the contemporary, multicultural context make Death in Brunswick a key example of the modernisation and modification of the Gothic aesthetic in later popularised forms

in Contemporary Australian cinema
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"The Pest House," "Hell House," and "The Murder House"
Julia M. Wright

, resurrecting the materials of the past – castles, folk belief, feudalism – to critique contemporary claims to rationality, progress, and civility, the benchmarks of modernity in Enlightenment thought. Robert Miles thus suggests that “the Gothic aesthetic sets up, as one of its poles, contemporary decadence, a ‘modernity’” defined by “fashion” and “effeminate culture,” 1 while Dale Townshend and

in Men with stakes
The female ghost story
Andrew Smith

. Peg, the narrator of The Haunted River , makes a living as an artist. Her reflections on her art suggest abstract associations with the ghost story and a more general sense of an artist’s place within a wider market. She decides to paint an abandoned mill on the edge of what turns out to be a haunted river and applies a Gothic aesthetic as she wanders ‘about the ruined building, trying to decide from

in The ghost story, 1840–1920
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Julia M. Wright

the same sorts of questions and concerns – rather than in the depiction of particular sorts of monsters and villains. While my focus is the gothic aesthetic rather than television series as marketed commodities, it is worth stressing the ways in which these gothic series demonstrate the inexactness of the industry’s ideas of its audience’s tastes and interests. The most long

in Men with stakes
Rebecca Munford

were not good with women. That is why, although I thought they were wonderful, I had to give them up in the end. [...] I knew I wanted my fair share of the imagination, too. Not an excessive amount, mind; I wasn’t greedy. Just an equal share in the right to vision’ (‘AW’ 512). Shadow Dance and Love reveal how surrealism, as part of a broader European Gothic aesthetic, often envisages femininity

in Decadent Daughters and Monstrous Mothers