Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Arkham Asylum

When I gave my last conference paper, I made reference to the evil doctors and strange experimentations associated with the Arkham Asylum of the D.C. Comic universe; most notably featured in Batman comics, cartoons, and films, but also given its own stand-alone comic mini series. I was delighted when I found out that the Asylum was part of a larger plot arc in the current Warner Bros. drama series Gotham, which airs at 9pm on a Monday on Channel 5 in the UK.

I'm in the process of preparing a short piece on the Asylum and what it has to offer the psychiatric literature genre, but I just wanted to draw attention to the programme. It's a gritty crime drama charting the mob wars and tribulations faced by the police of Gotham City prior to the Batman comics. 

Although the Arkham Asylum (first appearing in the Batman universe in 1974) isn't strictly Victorian, its origins in the early 1900s give a strongly nineteenth century facade, and the building, doctors, and treatments used all exude a Victorian feeling. 

Look out for my post on the Arkham Asylum.

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