Editor's note

Literary critics once scoffed at the idea of a ‘gothic’ tradition in Australia - we lacked the genre’s crumbling castles and wild moors, after all. Yet as Emma Doolan writes, Australian writers and artists have made the genre their own, exploring the dark side of the Australian experience.

Take Picnic at Hanging Rock, the Mad Max films and Nick Cave and Kylie’s duet Where the Wild Roses Grow, to name a few examples - these works all belong to an Australian Gothic tradition that took root alongside colonisation.

Rosanna Hunt

Deputy Editor: Arts + Culture

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The ‘gothic’ genre was once thought to be inapplicable to Australia. But there is a strong gothic tradition in Australian literature and film, seen in examples like Picnic at Hanging Rock. IMDB

Australian Gothic: from Hanging Rock to Nick Cave and Kylie, this genre explores our dark side

Emma Doolan, Southern Cross University

Gothic texts are not all bloodsucking vampires and howling werewolves. An Australian Gothic tradition took root alongside colonisation, influencing writers from Marcus Clarke to Alexis Wright.

Arthur Loureiro, Study for ‘The spirit of the new Moon’ 1888, oil on canvas. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane Purchased 1995. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant with the assistance of Philip Bacon through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation. Celebrating the Queensland Art Gallery's Photograph: QAGOMA

Friday essay: romancing the moon – space dreaming after Apollo

Mitch Goodwin, University of Melbourne

50 years after Apollo 11, a new exhibition considers artistic responses to our celestial neighbour. As we retreat from human space exploration, our relationship to the moon has become virtual.

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