Gothic Concepts

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The Sublime
Sense of awe, astonishment,of being overwhelmed in the face of something much bigger than ourselves. Can be a landscape, power, vastness, emotion...
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The Uncanny
Strange, eerie or mysterious. Freudian terms link it to what is both foreign of strange. (Unheimlich), e.g. doppelgängers
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Taboos
Cultural, moral or religious codes - broken
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Supernatural/ Preternatural
Above nature, mysterious or inexplicable
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Oppositions
Associated with the Gothic include: sanity/madness, wild/domesticated...
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Otherness
The 'Other' is associated with anything different from ourselves, therefore perceived in some way as a threat
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Obscurity
Key element of the experience of the sublime. Includes both physical and mental obscurity - darkness, confusion....
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Revenant
Describes the past - "what comes back". Can be sins of the father or fear we thought we had banished. Can include ghosts.
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Doppelganger
Double, mirror image or alter ego of a character - can be Lady Macbeth and the Witches maybe, or Macbeth and the witches
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The liminal
Refers to the experience of being on a threshold or boundary, borderline of two states
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Abhuman
Vestigially human, and possibly in the process of becoming something monstrous
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Strange, eerie or mysterious. Freudian terms link it to what is both foreign of strange. (Unheimlich), e.g. doppelgängers

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Cultural, moral or religious codes - broken

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Above nature, mysterious or inexplicable

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Associated with the Gothic include: sanity/madness, wild/domesticated...

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