Janes, D (2014) Gothic visions of classical architecture in Hablot Knight Browne’s dark illustrations for the novels of Charles Dickens. Gothic Studies, 16 (2). pp. 33-51.

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Abstract

In the early gothic literature of the eighteenth century danger lurked in the darkness beneath the pointed arches of gothic buildings. During the nineteenth century, there was a progressive, although never complete, dislocation of gothic literary readings from gothic architecture. This article explores a phase in that development through discussion of a series of 'dark' illustrations produced by Hablot Knight Browne to illustrate novels by Charles Dickens. These show the way in which the rounded arches of neo-classical architecture were depicted in the mid-nineteenth century as locales of oppression and obscurity. Such depictions acted, in an age of political and moral reform, to critique the values of the system of power and authority that such architecture represented.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Charles Dickens, Hablot Knight Browne, Victorian, architecture, gothic, literature
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2015 09:38
Last Modified: 15 May 2019 14:32
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/967

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