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SOMETHING IN BETWEEN – CASTLEWARD HOUSE

Posted by Tracy Fahey on January 07, 2008 in Guest Blog, Ms Tracey Fahey tagged with

However, despite the abundant examples of original Gothic ruins in Ireland, in the 18th century there appears a curious architectural reluctance to make a full commitment to the style.  Moore Abbey, which dates from the early 17th century in County Kildare, for example, follows a classical structure with the sole addition of Gothic windows.   Image - Moore Abbey     From this period we also find one of the first and oddest examples of the Gothic style in Ireland.  This is Castleward House in Co. Down, Northern Ireland.  Ostensibly, on approach, it lacks any

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THE LAST MOURNFUL GRACES OF DECAY – THE INSPIRATION FOR IRISH GOTHIC

Posted by Tracy Fahey on January 07, 2008 in Guest Blog, Ms Tracey Fahey tagged with

The story of the Great House literally arises from ruins of the medieval period.   These ruins may be viewed as post-structural with the physical gaps equating to gaps in text.  The Gothic Revival aims to fill in these gaps with literary and architectural constructs based on re-imaginings and contemporary responses   While the architectural form of the Gothic arises chiefly from the Anglo-Irish expression of English fashions and the desire to create a family seat of mock-historic lineage, the literary tradition of the Gothic is much less straightforward.  It arises f

IRISH GOTHIC ARCHITECTURE – A THUMBNAIL SKETCH

Posted by Tracy Fahey on January 07, 2008 in Guest Blog, Ms Tracey Fahey tagged with

The Neo-Gothic or Gothic Revival style of architecture in Ireland borrows heavily from the English Neo-Gothic revival; indeed, some exponents of the English revival such as A. W. Pugin and Thomas Rickman design buildings in Ireland.  However, the Gothic style that never really died out in England as it continued to be the chief style of ecclesiastical architecture; in fact it had achieved something of a vernacular tradition, with masons passing on the Gothic building techniques from father to son.   However, in Ireland, there was no such continuous tradition, so although there ar

DEFINITION OF THE GREAT HOUSE a.k.a. THE BIG HOUSE

Posted by Tracy Fahey on January 07, 2008 in Guest Blog, Ms Tracey Fahey tagged with

The Great House, or the Big House is a staple in Irish Gothic novels and poetry.  It refers to the houses built in the largely peaceful period following the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.  The houses are located throughout the Irish countryside.  Where each house is mentioned I have given a county reference (Ireland is made up of 26 counties, with a further 6 in Northern Ireland).   It is worth noting that although some of these houses compare with English Palladian houses of the period (e.g. Russborough House (1741), Castletown House (1722), Powerscourt House (1731)),

DEFINITION OF THE ANGLO-IRISH

Posted by Tracy Fahey on January 07, 2008 in Guest Blog, Ms Tracey Fahey tagged with

The Anglo-Irish have been defined (Hugh A. Hall The Anglo-Irish, Irish Statesman 17th August 1929, p467) as “a well-known though never accurately defined, section of our people, differing from the rest very little in blood…but differing more or less widely in religious belief, or in social habits or in political associations, and not infrequently in all three…it may be assumed that the typical Anglo-Irishman is Protestant in faith, has some connection with the landowning class as it existed from the end of the 17th to the end of the 19th century, and cherishes family tr

SOME KEY DATES IN IRISH GOTHIC HISTORY

Posted by Tracy Fahey on January 07, 2008 in Guest Blog, Ms Tracey Fahey tagged with

    1500-1690         Plantations of large sectors of Ireland.  This meant the introduction of English settlers into lands previously occupied both by the Irish chieftains and also the Old English (descendants of Norman invaders, heavily integrated into Irish life) 1690                 Defeat of Jacobite forces (supported by Irish Catholic majority) by the Williamite forces (supported by the Protestant settlers) at the Battle of the Boyne 1740  &nb

Edison’s Frankenstein

Posted by Dale Townshend on January 02, 2008 in News tagged with

Now available on YouTube

Review of The Gothic Fiction of Adelaida Garcia Morales

Posted by Dale Townshend on December 18, 2007 in News tagged with

A review of Abigail Lee Six's The Gothic Fictions of Garcia Morales: Haunting Words has been added to the Global Gothic. To read the full review click here. 

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There are such things as plots, aren’t there?

Posted by on December 17, 2007 in Blog tagged with

Conspiracy and Masculinity in Ira Levin

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The Changing Face of The Joker

Posted by on December 16, 2007 in Blog tagged with

From comic book to Dark Knight