Gothic Music: The Sounds of the Uncanny (Gothic Literary Studies) (Hardcover)

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Gothic Music traces the sound of the Gothic from the eerie echoing footsteps that haunt gothic novels to the dark soundscapes that give contemporary goth nightclubs their dark atmosphere. This broad perspective enables Isabella van Elferen to widen the scope of gothic music—which includes bands such as Christian Death, Bauhaus, The Damned, and The Sisters of Mercy—from its roots in the contemporary goth subculture to manifestations in mainstream literature, film, television, and video games, while also offering a musical and theoretical definition of gothic music that is lacking in current scholarship. Bringing together versions of the Gothic in all media, van Elferen connects those to the subculture—a historical and theoretical connection that has not been made previously in gothicist or goth scholarship. Whether giving voice to the spectral beings of early cinema, announcing virtual terrors in video games, or intensifying goth’s nocturnal rituals, gothic music truly represents the sounds of the uncanny.

About the Author

Isabella van Elferen is assistant professor of music and new media in the Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University.

Praise For…

“This book is the most original and sophisticated analysis of the interconnection between music and the Gothic yet produced. Van Elferen’s expansive understanding of sonic Gothicism allows her to break new ground through considerations of Gothic music in film, TV, and video games. She takes the idea of the Gothic in entirely new directions in this innovative, intelligent, and enjoyable study.”

— Jeffrey Weinstock, Central Michigan University

“Reading Isabella van Elferen’s Gothic Music: The Sounds of the Uncanny is like turning up the volume: the full richness and complexity of Gothic music suddenly becomes audible. This is a genuinely groundbreaking book, instantly taking possession of and defining the field. Gothic will never sound quite the same again.”
— Catherine Spooner, Lancaster University

“Isabella van Elferen’s book is original, witty, and provocative. Her approach is anything but reductive, as her epigraph—“Il y a plenty de hors-texte”—suggests. She considers music in a variety of media and her analyses are engaging and refreshingly jargon-free. This is a work that enters boldly into critical debate and is not afraid to speculate on broader philosophical issues. Van Elferen brings insights from the discipline of musicology into the field of gothic studies and, in doing so, very much enriches it.”
— Emma McEvoy, Westminster University
Product Details
ISBN: 9780708325124
ISBN-10: 0708325122
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Publication Date: September 15th, 2012
Pages: 229
Language: English
Series: Gothic Literary Studies