A Northern “Ode on Melancholy”?: The Music of Joy Division

  • Caroline Langhorst
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature book series (PASTMULI)


Even decades after its sudden demise, Joy Division indisputably remains one of the most seminal proponents of post-punk. This chapter aims to examine Joy Division in relation to both Romanticism and the Gothic. The former manifests itself on two different, yet interrelated levels: first in terms of the Romantic “mythos of the doomed young artist” against the backdrop of industrial Manchester, and then as it is understood through the lenses of Ian Curtis’s persona and Anton Corbijn’s biopic Control, both of which are shown to establish Joy Divison’s music as Gothic texts.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Caroline Langhorst
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  1. 1.Department of Film Studies/Media Dramaturgy, Institute of Film, Theater and Empirical Cultural StudiesUniversity of MainzMainzGermany

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