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Gothic: Culture, Subculture, Counterculture Conference

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Horace Walpole began redesigning Strawberry Hill House in 1749. Internationally famous, it is considered one of Britain's finest examples of Georgian Gothic revival architecture.

In a two-day conference being held at the mansion, Professors John Bowen, Avril Horner, Allan Simmons, and Michael Snodin will discuss various Gothic cultures Horace Walpole in recreating Strawberry Hill House. He named it Strawberry Hill because he wanted to give the mansion an unusual name - even if 'strawberry' does not exactly conjure up gothic images. The project was an aesthetic rebellion against classical orthodoxy.

During the conference, the speakers will debate to what degree Gothic tendencies in literature, art, architecture, and film are part of or alternatives to cultural and political mainstreams. Is 'Gothisism' a rebellion, and if so, to what extent?

After the conference you will have the chance to tour and dine at Horace Walpole's recently renovated Gothic mansion. Tickets are 60 for a one-day lecture (40 for students and seniors), 70 for both days, and 110 for both days with a tour and dining experience.
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Why? Learn about Gothic culture
When: 8th-9th March
Phone: 44 (0)20 8744 1241
Where: Strawberry Hill House
Cost: One day 40-60, two days 70-110
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