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The last decade has seen a diffusion of the Gothic across a wide range of cultural sites, a relative explosion of Gothic images and narratives prompting a renewed critical interest in the genre. However, very little sustained attention has been paid to what we might term 'Gothic television' until this point. This book fills this gap by offering an analysis of where and how the genre might be located on British and US television, from the start of television broadcasting to the present day. In this analysis, Gothic television is understood as a domestic form of a genre which is deeply concerned with the domestic, writing stories of unspeakable family secrets and homely trauma large across the television screen. The book begins with a discussion on two divergent strands of Gothic television that developed in the UK during the 1960s and 1970s, charting the emergence of the restrained, suggestive ghost story and the effects-laden, supernatural horror tale. It then focuses on the adaptation of what has been termed 'female Gothic' or 'women's Gothic' novels. The book moves on to discuss two hybrid forms of Gothic drama in the 1960s, the Gothic family sitcoms The Munsters and The Addams Family, and the Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows. Finally, it looks at some recent examples of Gothic television in the United States, starting with a discussion of the long-form serial drama, Twin Peaks, as the initiator of a trend for dark, uncanny drama on North American television.

American Gothic television in the 1960s
Helen Wheatley

boundaries, the usefulness of this generic category is revealed, as is the extent of the Gothic’s popularity on television. This chapter centres on a discussion of two hybrid forms of Gothic drama in the 1960s, firstly the Gothic family sitcoms The Munsters (Kayro-Vue Productions, 1964–66) and The Addams Family (Filmways, 1964–66), and secondly the Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows (Dan Curtis

in Gothic television
Celestino Deleyto

the murder he will later investigate. Let’s look at the visual articulation of what is probably one of the most spectacular character entrances in the history of cinema. The medium close-up of Jeff, now asleep and therefore unaware of the activity outside, suddenly incorporates a cast shadow over his face, anticipating danger. As Fawell suggests, the film’s romance story is introduced as a threat, a dark shadow in the

in The secret life of romantic comedy
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Everyday life and conflict in eastern Sri Lanka

This book focuses on the experiences of Tamil-speaking people who have lived through and continue to face conflict and violence in Sri Lanka on a daily basis. It focuses on the years between 2005 and 2007 when the country was facing massive change in the lead up to the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamils Eelam (LTTE). At this time, while violence waxed and waned, intensifying at times and at others casting a dark shadow over daily encounters, people carried on with their lives, negotiating through and around the violence. The way in which the topics in the book flow reflects the author's journey of research and the various issues that became important along the way. Thus, in following the author's experiences through the conflict and the tsunami, the book builds up a larger and richer picture of life in Batticaloa that moves between accounts of everyday violence and suffering. Using ethnographic experiences and narratives collected over twenty-two months between 2004 and 2007, the book argues that to look to the moments of hope and imagination as well as the everyday endurance must constitute a core element of anthropological representations of violence and suffering. This includes highlighting the non-violent spaces or parts of daily life, which are less dramatically framed by violence, and are often lost in contexts of conflict, faded out as weak shadows to the more forceful violence.

Michael Goodrum
Philip Smith

, capitalizing on the immense popularity of King’s horror fiction, which in itself fed back into his childhood as a monster kid and his love of EC horror comics. Horror, or at least the Gothic, also found its way onto television with the long-running success of Dark Shadows (1966–1971), a series that extended to 1,225 episodes and a host of tie-in marketing o ­ pportunities.41 As Rick Worland remarks: GOODRUM 9781526135926 PRINT.indd 157 04/12/2020 09:24 158 Printing terror The near-surreal tension between gothic horror and the soap opera format was central to the show

in Printing terror
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American horror comics as Cold War commentary and critique

Printing Terror places horror comics of the mid-twentieth century in dialogue with the anxieties of their age. It rejects the narrative of horror comics as inherently and necessarily subversive and explores, instead, the ways in which these texts manifest white male fears over America’s changing sociological landscape. It examines two eras: the pre-CCA period of the 1940s and 1950s, and the post-CCA era to 1975. The authors examine each of these periods through the lenses of war, gender, and race, demonstrating that horror comics are centred upon white male victimhood and the monstrosity of the gendered and/or racialised other. It is of interest to scholars of horror, comics studies, and American history. It is suitably accessible to be used in undergraduate classes.

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Julia M. Wright

either explicitly unmarried or their marital status is unnoted; a recurring character, Amy (Elizabeth Anne Allen), was abandoned by her father; and so on. The first gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows (1966–1971), turns from the beginning on absent fathers. The protagonist, Victoria (Alexandra Moltke), is an orphan, her parentage unknown; she arrives at Collinsport to be a modern-day governess to

in Men with stakes
Visualising a changing city

Delving into a hitherto unexplored aspect of Irish art history, Painting Dublin, 1886–1949 examines the depiction of Dublin by artists from the late-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Artists’ representations of the city have long been markers of civic pride and identity, yet in Ireland, such artworks have been overlooked in favour of the rural and pastoral, falling outside of the dominant disciplinary narratives of nationalism or modernism. Framed by the shift from city of empire to capital of an independent republic, this book chiefly examines artworks by of Walter Frederick Osborne (1857–1903), Rose Mary Barton (1856–1929), Jack Butler Yeats (1871–1957), Harry Aaron Kernoff (1900–74), Estella Frances Solomons (1882–1968), and Flora Hippisley Mitchell (1890–1973), encompassing a variety of urban views and artistic themes. While Dublin is renowned for its representation in literature, this book will demonstrate how the city was also the subject of a range of visual depictions, including those in painting and print. Focusing on the images created by these artists as they navigated the city’s streets, this book offers a vivid visualisation of Dublin and its inhabitants, challenging a reengagement with Ireland’s art history through the prism of the city and urban life.

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Scott Wilson

apprehensive gaze of a small girl on a swing looking up out of the frame, shielding her eyes as if staring into the sun, or indeed into the face of the purchaser of the CD. The large dark shadow that stretches across the bottom half of the cover, however, indicates that she is looking fearfully up at a threatening male figure. The back cover, meanwhile, depicts the same scene but with the swing now empty, a number of large boot prints below the swing suggesting a struggle and abduction. The cover therefore evokes childhood innocence threatened by a sinister male figure even

in Great Satan’s rage
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Infrastructure, financial extraction and the global South

No struggle for social justice that lacks a grounded understanding of how wealth is accumulated within society, and by whom, is ever likely to make more than a marginal dent in the status quo. Much work has been done over the years by academics and activists to illuminate the broad processes of wealth extraction. But a constantly watchful eye is essential if new forms of financial extraction are to be blocked, short-circuited, deflected or unsettled. So when the World Bank and other well-known enablers of wealth extraction start to organise to promote greater private-sector involvement in ‘infrastructure’, for example through Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), alarm bells should start to ring. How are roads, bridges, hospitals, ports and railways being eyed up by finance? What bevels and polishes the lens through which they are viewed? How is infrastructure being transformed into an ‘asset class’ that will yield the returns now demanded by investors? Why now? What does the reconfiguration of infrastructure tell us about the vulnerabilities of capital? The challenge is not only to understand the mechanisms through which infrastructure is being reconfigured to extract wealth: equally important is to think through how activists might best respond. What oppositional strategies genuinely unsettle elite power instead of making it stronger?