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Australian Gothic

A Cinema of Horrors

A study of a distinctly Australian, Gothic film tradition.
Recognized since at least the 1970s, Gothic resemblances in Australian film remain understudied. This book offers the first comprehensive study of the Gothic in Australian cinema. Tracing images of familiarity, monstrosity, hybridity, and sublimity on screen, Jonathan Rayner maps a distinctively national Gothic tradition in Australian film.

256 pages | 11 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Gothic Literary Studies

Asian Studies: Southeast Asia and Australia

Film Studies

Literature and Literary Criticism: Dramatic Works

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"The Australian Gothic is a critical reading protocol and Jonathan Rayner has led this field in identifying gothic elements across a diverse range of film genres. This book is his most detailed and comprehensive work that locates and defines horror in Australian Gothic."

Mark David Ryan, Associate Professor in Film and Screen at Queensland University of Technology, Australia

"Jonathan Rayner is already indelibly the most sustained, probing and erudite explorer of Gothic in Australian cinema. In this very welcome book, he goes further in showing Australian cinema since the New Wave to be shot through with the Gothic forces of the uncanny, the fantastic and the sublime."

Allison Craven, Associate Professor of Screen Studies and English at James Cook University, Australia

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