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Audio Lecture: Better for Haunts—Victorian Houses and the Modern Imagination

Audio Lecture: Better for Haunts—Victorian Houses and the Modern Imagination

Sarah Burns, professor emerita at Indiana University, asks: Why does the Addams family live in a decayed Victorian house? Why does the ominous mansion in Psycho have a mansard roof? Examining the dark side of American domestic architecture, Burns traces the Victorian house back to painting, photography, and the mass media of the early 20th century, when the invasion of ghouls and ghosts began.

Funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.



19th century, American, architecture, fear, Victorian
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