The Rise of Happy Gothic - Cemetery Confessions

This month we are doing things a bit differently, and will be reviewing the book Post-Millennial Gothic: Comedy, Romance, and the Rise of Happy Gothic by Catherine Spooner. We will be discussing the impact Tim Burton, sparkly vampires, the creepy cute, Columbine, political discourse, Jillian Venters, and others have had on the cultural milieu of goth and the consumption of the Gothic in mainstream media.

Our guests this month are Natalie and Trae!

More Recommended books from this author:
Contemporary Gothic
Fashioning Gothic Bodies

Chapter 1: 7:00
-Thesis, Introduction, methodology overview
-Goth as a middle class culture of consumption

Chapter 2: 53:15
-Tim Burton and his reshaping of modern Gothic

Chapter3: 57:42
-The increased reliance of the visual in goth
-The politicization of goth through Columbine and Sophie Lancaster

Chapter 4: 1:22:44
Premise 1: In the post millennial era, vampires have sought to become the institution rather than the subversion, to become as human or amiable towards humans as possible rather than be the Other

Premise 2: Goths and vampires have shared a historically propinquitous relationship, often informing or appropriating one another

Conclusion: As vampires have grown more polite and reinforced the “happy gothic” so too have goths sought to remake their image in a similar fashion

Chapter 5: 1:37:37
-The modern goth girl and the "whimsical macabre"

Chapter 6: 1:47:05
-Camp and it's influence on goth and the assimilative monster

Chapter 7: 2:02:06
-Goth/Gothic masculinities and humerus monsters

Chapter 8: 2:19:36
-Whitby Gothic Weekend and the Gothic-carnivalesque

Conclusions 2:30:25

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The Count

I have been a part of the goth subculture since I was 16. I am the owner and creator of The Requiem Podcast which has been around since early 2008 and also podcast award nominee Cemetery Confessions. I am also known as DJ Count. I am married, and a father to a beautiful baby bat named Link.