On the Gothic
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Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLFS 2002
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Art History, Theory & Criticism
- Fashion Design History, Theory & Criticism
- Cultural Studies
What is the gothic and how is it aesthetically and historically situated? These are the two questions that will guide our inquiry in hopes that we will collectively locate the gothic in a number of media and historical points. This course will seek to identify goth as an anachronistic and retrospective term only applied later to a cultural phenomenon that has its roots in a number of varying sources: mythology, religious art and architecture, a tribe of “northern barbarians”, romantic literature, psychoanalytic definitions of melancholia, the Victorian age and Victorian morality, the music subculture of late 1970s/early 1980s Britain, and in fashion as a recurring trend. We will pull from literary sources such as the Prose Eddas, Baudelaire, Poe, and Lovecraft. The goal of the course is to develop a robust and non-reductive understanding of gothic themes.Pathway: Fashion Studies
Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshman and sophomores only. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.
Open to Undergraduate students.