Sublime Anxiety: The Gothic Family and the Outsider

University of Virginia Special Collections is home to the Sadleir-Black Collection, a comprehensive compilation of Gothic literature that forms the heart of Sublime Anxiety.

The gothic in general, and this exhibition in particular, explores the tension between what we most fear and what we most desire. Its extraordinary popularity today, 200 years after the publication of the first gothic novel, shows us that the concern with freedom and connection is as relevant as it has ever been.


This website is the online version of Sublime Anxiety: The Gothic Family and the Outsider. The exhibition was on view from October 1998 through March 1999 in the McGregor Room of the University of Virginia Library's Special Collections department.