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Dark Tourism: Ghosts and the Gothic Theatre of Victoria’s Heritage Sites

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Leigh Scott Room, Level 1, Baillieu Library

Parkville Campus

UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, VIC 3010

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Gothic narratives and ghost tours in particular are increasingly deployed to draw visitors to heritage sites such as Melbourne Old Gaol, Castlemaine Gaol, Ararat Lunatic Asylum and other sites connected with traumatic pasts. In this lecture, Mary Luckhurst considers why the Gothic spin has such an effective appeal and what ghostly narratives both reveal and obscure. How does a ghost story operate and what performance techniques and narration do different heritage operators use? Why is the Gothic so prevalent in Victoria?

Mary Luckhurst is a theatre historian and co-editor of Theatre and Ghosts: Materiality, Performance and Modernity (2014), the first book to link theatre and performance with spectrality studies and cultural heritage.

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Leigh Scott Room, Level 1, Baillieu Library

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UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, VIC 3010

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