Archive of Elizabeth McCarthy

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Elizabeth McCarthy holds a Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin. Her thesis explored the aesthetic and cultural contexts of sexual violence and serial murder from the late 18th Century to the present day. She has published essays on Romantic aesthetics and the serial killer, the vampire body and its mutilation, the politics of the guillotine in the French Revolution, WW1 Propaganda and Post-WW1 American Advertising, and the ghost stories of Margaret Oliphant. She has also co-edited the book 'Fear: Essays on the Meaning and Experience of Fear' (2007). She is the co-founder and editor of the online journal 'The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies' (web address: She is currently co-editing the book 'It Came From the 1950s!: Popular Culture Popular Anxieties'. Her research interests include confessional murder narratives; juvenile delinquency in the popular culture of 1950s America; photography and criminology in the late 19th Century. She lives in Dublin and teaches in Trinity College.

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“Feast your Eyes! Glut your soul on my accursed ugliness!” Gothic horror – Thinking in Images

Posted by Elizabeth McCarthy on December 09, 2010 in Dr Elizabeth McCarthy, Guest Blog tagged with , , ,

When aesthetic theory makes the eye the pre-eminent organ of truth where can the unbelievable and impossibly monstrous spectacle stand? John Ruskin wrote, "To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion - all in one." But what if our clear vision falls upon sights so inconceivably hideous that our rational mind revolts at the profanity of the poetry, prophecy and religion offered?