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Youth and Young Manhood, Male Anxiety in Palo Alto

Posted by Liam Dodds on October 23, 2014 in Blog tagged with , , , , , , ,

"There’s a part of me that’s like that, and it’s a part that I keep so hidden," he said. "So basically that role was almost liberating. It was finding this part of myself that needs a ton of attention that I usually keep hidden and bringing it out to the front" - Nat Wolff What does it mean to be a modern man? In the face of decades of increasing marginalisation, the concurrent rise of political correctness, and an overt and overly-prescriptive consumerist agenda – where men were told what to wear, how to act, but most importantly, what to suppress – Fight Club sought to respond 

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Gothic Manchester 2014

Posted by Xavier Aldana Reyes on October 21, 2014 in News tagged with , , ,

Following the phenomenal success of the Gothic Manchester Festival 2013, which launched the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies, the city-wide festival is back with a new programme of events and activities designed to showcase MMU’s academic expertise in the gothic and foreground Manchester’s rich vein of gothic talent. Included in this festival of the macabre and fantastical are readings from authors working on the gothic dimensions of austerity politics, tours of the John Rylands Library and of the gothic splendours of the city and author Rosie Garland reading from both of her nove

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Course on Gothic Cinema at the Cornerhouse and Related Public Screenings

Posted by Xavier Aldana Reyes on October 21, 2014 in News tagged with , , , , , ,

Over the months of October, November and December, the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies will be running a beginner's course on Gothic Cinema in partnership with the Cornerhouse. In connection, there will be a couple of major screenings, of the films Rebecca (1940) and Elephant Man (1980), which are open to all members of the public. The times are: Wed 29 Oct, 18:15 – Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock/US 1940/131 mins/PG) Wed 19 Nov, 18:15 – The Elephant Man (David Lynch/GB 1980/124 mins/PG) Although tickets for the course have now sold out, you can still download the course out

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Waking the (un)dead: Myths, monsters, and remaking a classic text

Posted by Lynn Shepherd on October 21, 2014 in Blog, Lynn Shepherd tagged with , , , , , , ,

When I published Murder at Mansfield Park in 2010 I did an interview about it on BBC radio, and I remember the almost breathless awe in the interviewer’s voice as she said, “This is your first novel, and you’re trying to write like Jane Austen?” Amazing though it may sound, that was the first time that it really came home to me what a mountainous task I’d set myself. Though I’d been under no illusions about how some readers might react to the idea of turning an Austen masterpiece into a murder mystery – there will always be some people who regard classic texts as sacred cows, nev

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Crowdfunding Poe: the nEvermore! anthology

Posted by Matt Foley on October 15, 2014 in News, Uncategorized tagged with , ,

Crowdfunding Poe! by Nancy Kilpatrick     Writers come and go and few are remembered by the general population 165 years after their death. Most writers would be happy to be even a footnote in an academic paper. For the general population, Edgar Allan Poe's name and work have endured. Say "Nevermore" and the reference is instantly understood. Caro Soles and I are both enamored with Poe's work and wanted to create an anthology that allowed today's writers to honor Poe by writing mysteries with a supernatural element, or dark fantasy/horror stories with a touch of myster

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The Death of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Posted by Liam Dodds on October 13, 2014 in Blog tagged with , , , , ,

The books don’t matter. Accordingly, I had not read Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl before I took my seat in the feted darkness of Edinburgh’s improbable and implausible Omni Centre. I had, however, briefly perused the novel’s Wikipedia article just so that, in the darkness, I could smirk my semi-knowing smirk in a pathetic show of one-upmanship over the twenty other people in the world who hadn’t read the novel as that twist was portrayed in beautiful, splendid Technicolor. I say twist. The old-timey Village actually set in the present day, the strange otherworldliness of a post-apocal

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Review: The Cambridge Companion to Sensation Fiction

Posted by Fern Pullan on October 09, 2014 in Blog, Fern Pullan, Reviews tagged with , , , , ,

Mangham, Andrew (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Sensation Fiction. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press. 2013 first edition paperback. 978-0-521-15709-4, 253pp. £18.99 www.cambridge.org Mangham’s Companion of fifteen essays is a highly refreshing study of the sensation fiction genre, highlighted by his introduction to the volume and his unwillingness to commit to a concrete time frame for the genre. He demonstrates the difficulties in defining sensation fiction at the same time as acknowledging the text that is generally accepted as being the progenitor of the genre: What

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Vampires and Victorians: Science and superstition in 19th-century London

Posted by Lynn Shepherd on October 07, 2014 in Blog, Lynn Shepherd tagged with , , , , , , ,

When it comes to timing, I’ve had two fantastic strokes of luck as a novelist. The first was that I decided to bring my Dickens-related book, Tom-All-Alone’s, to a close at the end of November 1850. Why was that lucky? Because it meant that when I chose to follow that novel with a sequel about the Shelleys I had eight or nine precious weeks before Mary Shelley’s death on February 1st 1851, so one of my main protagonists was still alive to play a role in the story. And from that followed the second stroke of luck, because 1851 was, of course, the year of the Great Exhibition. And what bet

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M.R. James and the Modern Ghost Story: a one-day symposium

Posted by Matt Foley on October 01, 2014 in Blog tagged with ,

M.R. James and the Modern Ghost Story: a one-day symposium hosted by the University of Leeds, to be held at The Leeds Library on 28 March 2015 Confirmed Keynotes: Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck College, University of London) Darryl Jones (Trinity College, Dublin) Helen Grant (Author) The conference will be followed by a public screening of ‘A Warning to the Curious’ (1972) and a Q & A session with writer/director, Lawrence Gordon Clark The ghost stories of Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) are amongst the most influential in the English language. Never out of print, they

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Mandeville and the Gothic Mode

Posted by Richard Gough Thomas on September 30, 2014 in Richard Gough Thomas tagged with , , ,

I often claim Mandeville, A Tale of the Seventeenth Century (1817) as Godwin’s most gothic novel. The author’s fourth major novel, Mandeville was a return to fiction after more than a decade of biographies and writing for children. Inspiration came from a number of places: in the preface Godwin cites Charles Brockden Brown’s Wieland (1798) and Joanna Baillie’s play, De Monfort (1798) as formative influences, but the novel’s setting was probably a result of the author’s immersion in Civil War-era culture during the writing of Lives of Edward and John Philips, Nephews and Pupils of M