Dark Imag­in­ings: Gothic Tales of Won­der

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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

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