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1. The use or imitation of Gothic style, as in architecture.
2. A barbarous or crude manner or style.
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1. (Art Terms) conformity to, use of, or imitation of the Gothic style, esp in architecture
2. crudeness of manner or style
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(ˈgɒθ əˌsɪz əm)

1. conformity or devotion to the Gothic style.
2. the principles and techniques of the Gothic style.
3. (sometimes l.c.) barbarism; crudeness.
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a style in fictional literature characterized by gloomy settings, violent or grotesque action, and a mood of decay, degeneration, and decadence. — gothicist, n. — gothic, adj.
See also: Literary Style
the general term employed to denote the several phases of European architecture in the period 1100-1530 that employ the pointed arch, or their imitations.
See also: Architecture
the principles of the paintings, sculptures, stained glass, mosaics, and book illustrations of the period 1200-1450, embracing several disparate styles and emphases. — Gothicist, n.
See also: Art
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It is a collection of four different pieces of fiction, each inspired by Victorian England's Gothicism and narrated by those with strong connections to love, death and spirituality.
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Joseph Young is a combined teaching and research fellow in English literature at Eberhard Karls University of Tubingen, where he is pursuing his scholarly interests in the modern fantasy tradition, Gothicism, intellectual history and expressions of idealism in post-Enlightenment literature.
Earlier eighteenth-century magic lantern innovations produced phantasmagorias, ghostly shows that promoted audiences' desire for gothicism, which Brown amply illustrates with discussions of successful phantasmagorists Etienne-Gaspard Robert, Paul De Philipstahl, and Mark Lonsdale.
In addition to the many studies about Twilight's peculiar mixture of genre conventions, especially the Gothic and the teen romance, my reading aims toward a deeper examination of the functioning and implications of the reversal of Gothicism. So far the series' inversion of the Gothic fascination with the broken and the unresolved has yet to be fully explained.
Notwithstanding the divisions between Pinkertonians and their opponents on the Pictish question, Gothicism of the sort championed by both schools remained the standard interpretation of Anglo-Scottish history, ethnology, philology and literature throughout the nineteenth century.
Edgar Allan Poe: Beyond Gothicism. Delaware: University of Delaware Press, 2011.
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