Dark Imaginings: Gothic Tales of Wonder
Showcasing the rich holdings from the Baillieu Library’s Special Collections, the “Dark Imaginings: Gothic Tales of Wonder” exhibition tells the stories of graveyard poets, body snatchers and anatomists, and the pseudo-scientific craze of trying to bring dead creatures back to life with electric shock treatment. The exhibition showcases this through rare books, prints and music from the Gothic period and also includes a mock drawing room setting where visitors can sit and read excerpts of Gothic fiction. The exhibition marks a number of important Gothic anniversaries, including the bicentenary of the first publication of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and the 200th birthday of Emily Brontë, author of “Wuthering Heights”.
1 March–31 July, Noel Shaw Gallery, Baillieu Library, The University of Melbourne. library.unimelb.edu.au/darkimaginings