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How do you define 'classic gothics'?
I have my own classification in this regard:
1) "Early Gothic" (1764 - 1796) is a pre-romantic literature of entertaining-moralizing persuasion. The foundations of the genre are laid.
2) "Mature Gothic" (1796-1840-e / 1850-e) - Romantic stage. For this period, the emphasis is on the villain. Such literature is widely disseminated in continental Europe.
3) "Late Gothic" (Mid-19th Century - 1920s) - Gothic Literature is losing its former popularity, the decomposition of genre bases begins, and signs of modern horror literature are showing up. As a separate stage, we can distinguish the Gothic Revival of the 80-90s, when the genre is significantly influenced by symbolist and decadent literature.
4) Neo-Gothic (from the 1920s) - Modern continuers of the Gothic novel - "Southern Gothic", "Cosmic Horror", "Romantic Gothic" and so on. Burningly split up to the 70's, but continues to exist as an active literary trend.
5) Postgothic (from the late 1970s) is an original literary trend, founded by the writer Anne Rice. The protagonist is often not the victim, but the monster himself. A distinctive feature of modern Gothic is increased external gloom. Heroes are often pale, even if they are human. If in the classical Gothic accent was done on spiritual torment, then in post-Gothic on material, corporal. Unlike dark fantasy, there is no conquering universal evil, the general atmosphere is closer to black and white or even gray-white.

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RE: How do you define 'classic gothics'? - by Edgar Theodore Machen - 06-20-2018, 12:08 PM

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