Brompton Cemetery

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Sunday 30 October 2016
15:30 - 17:30
Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts, Walks & Tours

A Salon in the Cemetery on The Art of Gothic with Bryony Dixon and Victoria Nelson

BFI curator BRYONY DIXON explores the shadowy world of Gothic cinema and television - a haunted place stalked by vampires and werewolves, ghosts and tormented monsters, mad scientists and the living dead, brooding Princes of Darkness and imperilled heroines… Her talk will reveal how the archetypes of Gothic horror and romance have endured, reflecting our deepest fears back at us. It charts the story of how the Gothic found its dark heart in Britain, and came to life on film across the world, from its origins in the silent era, through the Universal horrors of the 1930s, the rise of Hammer in the 1950s, and many other twilight stops on its path to the present.

More than two hundred and fifty years after its debut as a literary shock genre, the dynamic, ever-expanding Gothic has finally invaded the mainstream. Author VICTORIA NELSON will reveals how its tentacles are wrapped around so many pop culture products and lifestyles that Maurice Lévy has dubbed the phenomenon “a spreading process and imperialist conquest of the whole human experience.”

A striking feature of the twenty-first century Gothic resurgence is its role in a gamut of alternative lifestyle and spiritual practices that draw their scripture directly from individual works of horror, sci fi, and fantasy fiction. These new movements are part of a larger trend away from organised religion to private and individual spiritual practices. Nelson's talk will explore the new “bright” Gothick in its various forms-- and the radical theology that asserts that if we want to get to heaven, monsters and demigoddesses can show us it is right here on earth.

Each ticket includes a delightful gin cocktail and a 20% donation towards a host of restoration projects at Brompton Cemetery.

Speakers include:

Victoria Nelson

Victoria is a writer and independent scholar who teaches in Goddard College's MFA creative writing program and the University of California, Berkeley Rhetoric Department. Her books include The Secret Life of Puppets, a study of the supernatural grotesque in Western culture, and Gothicka, about 21st century Gothic subgenres and the spiritual groups they have inspired, as well as two books of stories and a memoir. She is currently in London on a Guggenheim fellowship working on the third book in the Harvard trilogy, on allegory old and new.

Bryony Dixon

Bryony has researched and written on many aspects of early and silent film and co-directs the annual British Silent Film Festival, as well as programming for a variety of film festivals and events worldwide. She has given papers at academic conferences on film and organised the first International Charles Chaplin Conference in 2005 as part of the BFI’s Chaplin Project.

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Brompton Cemetery
Brompton Cemetery, , SW10 9UG

West London

Nearest station:
Fulham Broadway (Tube)


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