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Review: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Posted by Matt Foley on June 24, 2015 in Blog, Carly Stevenson, Reviews tagged with , , , ,

Review: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) By Carly Stevenson (University of Sheffield)   This debut from British-born, Iranian-American writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour is at once nostalgic and innovative in its approach to the ever-popular (and some might say oversaturated) vampire motif. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night assimilates a wealth of classic horror imagery: the jerky body movements and monochromatic aesthetic give the film a surreal quality reminiscent of Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari. And yet, this nod to early European horror contrasts with more co

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Allan Lloyd Smith Prize: Edited Collection Shortlist

Posted by Matt Foley on June 22, 2015 in News tagged with , , ,

The Allan Lloyd Smith Memorial Prize 2015: Edited Collection Shortlist Please find below the shortlist for the 2015 Allan Lloyd Smith edited collection prize – decided upon by the IGA’s edited collection prize committee.   Edited Collection Shortlist 2015   Glennis Byron and Dale Townshend (eds.). The Gothic World (Routledge, 2013)             Charles L. Crow (ed.). A Companion to American Gothic (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)             Christina Morin and Niall Gillespie (eds.). Iri

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Review: Lancaster University 5th Annual Contemporary Gothic Study Day

Posted by Neal Kirk on June 19, 2015 in Reviews tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

On May 15 2015, Lancaster University Department of English and Creative Writing held their fifth annual Contemporary Gothic Study Day. Known as one of the highlights of the academic calendar for gothic scholarship in the Northwest of England it was the best of the three I have attended. An audience of up to nearly forty included Lancaster University English MA students and new PhD candidates from as far afield as Italy. Lancaster’s Dr. Catherine Spooner (Fashioning Gothic Bodies (2004), Contemporary Gothic (2006)), welcomed everybody and introduced the keynote speaker, Dr. Claire Nally. D

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Allan Lloyd Smith Prize: Monograph Shortlist

Posted by Matt Foley on June 12, 2015 in Blog, News tagged with , ,

The Allan Lloyd Smith Memorial Prize 2015: Monograph Shortlist   Please find below the shortlist for the 2015 Allan Lloyd Smith monograph prize – decided upon by the IGA’s monograph prize committee.   Monograph Shortlist 2015   Joseph Crawford. The Twilight of the Gothic? Vampire Fiction and the Rise of the Paranormal Romance, 1991-2012 (University of Wales Press, 2014)                   Rebecca Munford. Decadent Daughters and Monstrous Mothers: Angela Carter and European Gothic (Manchester UP, 2013)

An ‘Obscure and Terrible’ Place: Restructuring Ann Radcliffe’s ‘The Mysteries of Udolpho’ for the TV Screen Thumbnail

An ‘Obscure and Terrible’ Place: Restructuring Ann Radcliffe’s ‘The Mysteries of Udolpho’ for the TV Screen

Posted by Elizabeth Bobbitt on June 05, 2015 in Elizabeth Bobbitt tagged with , , , ,

 In my last blog on my six-part adaptation of Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho for TV, I discussed the way in which Radcliffe’s text demands significant restructuring in order to render it suitable for a visual re-representation of the romance for a modern audience. I first stumbled upon Radcliffe’s work during my initial reading of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey when I was 15 years old. As many of you will know who have read—or attempted to read—a Radcliffe novel, the experience can be somewhat daunting, and, needless to say, rather unlike Catherine Morland’s breathless

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The Grotesque Orgasm: Gothic’s Dirtiest Trick.

Posted by Danielle Hancock on June 01, 2015 in Blog, Danielle Hancock tagged with , , , , , ,

Note: This post contains sexually explicit language.   “The grotesque orgasm” is a phrase that’s been lurking in my mind for a long time - since some friends and myself admitted to getting hot under the collar during parts of Brett Easton Ellis' American Psycho, only to be bodily horrified at the next line. Simply, American Psycho constituted  some of the most bluntly provocative literature we'd ever read, with the unhappiest endings we’d ever experienced. Let me give you an example: [here imagine the antics of an explicit 2.5 page consensual three-person sex scene, build

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GOTHIC AT THE GOTT 4: DARK CENTRE

Posted by Dr David Annwn Jones on May 30, 2015 in Uncategorized tagged with , ,

Suddenly a new location appears on the TV: we see fresh crop circles created by groups of homicidal aliens who are taking over the planet. Watching this, a room of dumbstruck Americans look blank as the name of 'WAKEFIELD', an English city unknown to them flashes up on the screen. This scene from M. Night Shyamalan’s SF horror film Signs (2002) has puzzled critics but, as the BBC realized in shooting Jonathan Strange, Wakefield draws artists seeking the unsettling and uncanny. In featuring engravings of locations so crucial to the first upsurge of Gothic writing, like Setterington’s ima

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Gothic at the Gott 3 – Dark Corridors

Posted by Dr David Annwn Jones on May 30, 2015 in Uncategorized tagged with , , , , ,

They lived for days at a time in the little universe of the engravings for Strange’s book – and these were very odd things indeed. They showed great corridors built more of shadows than any thing else. Dark openings in the walls suggested other corridors so that the engravings appeared to be of the inside of a labyrinth […] There were drawings of a vast dark moor This is a description of Minervois and Forcalquier’s dark Piranesi-inspired engravings from Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2004), the TVseries version of which is currently airing on the BBC: http:

Gothic Research Showcase: Stirling July 18th 2015

Posted by Benjamin E. Noad on May 27, 2015 in Blog, News tagged with , , ,

In what is hoped will be a unique and fascinating event several of the University of Stirling’s postgraduate researchers have teamed up with the charity “Epilepsy Scotland” in order to showcase their passion, interests and talents as they convey their lively and diverse critical explorations of the Gothic mode. On Saturday July 18th at The Playhouse, (hosted by the Macrobert Arts Centre), 11am-3pm,  a series of interactive talks, readings and workshops will be offered to the public in an imaginative exhibit highlighting how Gothic literary and cinematic concerns manifest outside of the

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Ann Radcliffe’s ‘The Mysteries of Udolpho': An Adaptation for Television

Posted by Elizabeth Bobbitt on May 27, 2015 in Blog, Elizabeth Bobbitt tagged with , , ,

Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to attend the University of Sheffield’s symposium on Re-Imagining the Gothic, in which speakers shared the ways in which they have creatively re-engaged with the genre through their own insights and projects. During the symposium, I was particularly struck by the sheer variety of mediums and methods through which other speakers re-represented the Gothic. We watched several short films, read creative responses to Gothic novels, and listened to the re-telling of regional Lancashire folk tales--to name a few of the excellent projects on display. Standin