Transcript for a talk show 'Literary Hour' - The Gothic conventions and how they are apparent and applicable to a modern society.

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Question: Write the transcript of a talk show titled Literary Hour. Two Scholars in the area of your elective have been invited to consider the value of that elective to contemporary responders. Write a transcript of this discussion. In your transcript, refer to two prescribed texts and other texts of your own choosing.

Gothic - Texts - Shelley's Frankenstein (1831), Whale's Frankenstein (1931), Burton's 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' (1993)A. Good evening to you professor and we're here today to discuss -B.Yes, to discuss the gothic genre. A very frightening topic indeed; and let me just begin by saying that this is not the revival of some mummified branch of literature, wrapped with the bandages of the school curriculum. Oh no, the gothic genre is one that is seen everywhere today, even without our knowledge. Particularly gothic conventions are seen everyday, mainly through television, but the reason that many of us don't see it staring us in the face is because we don't know what those conventions are.

A. Exactly right, I couldn't agree more. It is because of the lack of knowledge about the genre that has made us ignorant towards its literary importance, despite its continual exposure. That's why we're going to go through a few much older gothic texts to establish these conventions from the origin of their usage. Well, I have a book here that I think is an exemplar of the gothic genre, written at the peak of the genre's popularity. So what I have here is a copy of 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley.

B.Oh, a nice choice.

A. Thank you; and of course, this book contains many of the gothic conventions that we must have seen in contemporary horror films. Now, this being a well known book needs no introduction I'm...