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Expanding the Gothic Canon

Studies in Literature, Film and New Media


Anna Kędra-Kardela and Andrzej Sławomir Kowalczyk

This volume offers a survey of analyses of Gothic texts, including literary works, feature films, a TV serial, and video games, with a view to showing the evolution and expansion of the Gothic convention across the ages and the media. The temporal scope of the book is broad: the chapters cover narratives from the early and mid-eighteenth century, predating the birth of the convention in 1764, through Romantic and Victorian novels, to the contemporary manifestations of the Gothic. Primarily designed for graduate and postgraduate students, the book sets out to acquaint them with both the convention and different theoretical approaches. The studies presented here could also prove inspirational for fellow scholars and helpful for university teachers, the book becoming an item on the reading lists in Gothic literature, film and media courses.
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CHAPTER ELEVEN: Gothic Automata and the Kunstkammer Island: The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes by Quay Brothers


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Gothic Automata and the Kunstkammer Island: The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes by Quay Brothers


This article seeks to show how in the film The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes (2005) directed by Stephen and Timothy Quay the (neo)baroque spectacle of the kunst- or wunderkammer intersects with the Gothic convention, and the ways in which the film, situated on the cusp of the Gothic and the (neo)baroque paradigms, explores what can be regarded as the “aesthetic unconscious” (Rancière 2009: 43-45) of modernity; a concept which will be discussed in detail later on.

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