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1990s style and the perennial return of Goth

transgressive potential of a ‘queer’ identity: goth [ sic ] punk identities, by no means as stable as many would like them to be, exist by suturing the canonical and anti-canonical, the cynical and the romantic, the high and the low, the straight and the queer, most often via the index of the Gothic tradition in

in Fashioning Gothic bodies
An introduction to Gothic fashion

Goths themselves as barbaric anachronism. The critics’ desire to read depth into millennial Gothic is accompanied by a contradictory tendency to portray Goth as superficial, merely ‘Gothic chic’. Nevertheless, as this book hopes to show, theatricality and preoccupation with the surface are not a distortion of the Gothic tradition but are fundamentally in keeping with it. In

in Fashioning Gothic bodies