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Beware of the Mexican Dracula!

Posted by Gabriel Eljaiek-Rodriguez on September 18, 2014 in Blog, Gabriel A. Eljaiek-Rodriguez tagged with

“They have fangs, and they die when you stab them in the heart, so I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Mexican Dracula”. This is the accurate guess that Seth Gecko, one of the main characters of From Dusk Till Down: The Series, shares with his group of fellow survivors of the attack on the nightclub Titty Twister. This 2014 version – developed for television by Robert Rodriguez himself and based on his 1996 film – reunites viewers with the Gecko brothers, the Fuller family, and the vampires they encounter on the Mexican border, delving deeper into their stories and providing s

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The Three Dungeons of St. Leon

Posted by Richard Gough Thomas on September 16, 2014 in Richard Gough Thomas tagged with , ,

St. Leon, A Tale of the Sixteenth Century (1799) is the second of Godwin’s major novels. Unlike the relatively down-to-earth narrative of Caleb Williams, St. Leon is a story of the fantastic. The disgraced noble of the title is entrusted with the secrets of alchemy; able to create gold seemingly from nothing and to preserve his youth eternally, through the application of formulae taught to him by a mysterious stranger. Despite the protagonist’s best intentions, unlimited wealth brings him more grief than happiness. St. Leon’s efforts to help others are invariably stymied or perverted, ei

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CFP: Eating Otherwise, Lancaster University, 28th February and 1st March 2015

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

Eating Otherwise: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Food and Culture. 28th February - 1st March 2015 Lancaster University, Department of English and Creative Writing contact email: eatingotherwise.conference@gmail.com We are pleased to invite 250 word abstract proposals for papers or panels for the two-day interdisciplinary symposium on food and culture titled 'Eating Otherwise'. The conference will be held at Lancaster University, Department of English & Creative Writing on the 28th of February and 1st of March 2015. The main areas of investigation include but are not limited to: 

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William Godwin: the Irrational, the Dark and the Weird

Posted by Richard Gough Thomas on September 05, 2014 in Guest Blog, Richard Gough Thomas tagged with ,

William Godwin is frequently a name mentioned in passing by Gothic scholars, usually as a way to place some context on the life of Mary Shelley. Similarly, it’s not unusual to see Romanticists make passing reference to the ‘Gothic elements’ or ‘Gothic style’ of Godwin’s fiction. There’s value in either kind of statement, but Godwin’s relevance to the Gothic fiction of the early 1800s is under-interrogated. Within the field of Godwin scholarship itself, attention has mainly focused on the author’s politics and on his relationships with other writers – Wollstonecraft, Coler

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Review of Matthew Gibson’s The Fantastic and European Gothic: History, Literature and the French Revolution

Posted by Dale Townshend on August 23, 2014 in Reviews tagged with

The Fantastic and European Gothic: History, Literature and the French Revolution. By Matthew Gibson. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-7083-2572-8 Reviewed by Scott Brewster Matthew Gibson’s study, part of the University of Wales Press Gothic Literary Studies series, examines the development of the fantastic in post-Napoleonic France, an area hitherto paid relatively scant attention by Anglophone critics. Gibson draws on critical work in German and French to restore the reputation of neglected figures such as Charles Nodier and Paul Féval, who deploy the fanta

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Why Study the Gothic?

Posted by Stephanie Bryant on August 20, 2014 in Blog, Steph Bryant tagged with

On the 24th of July I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a MA in English Studies, specializing in the Gothic. The first half of that title is greeted with a half “congratulations” hovering on the well wishers lips; the latter half is met with a quizzical raising of the eyebrows and the inevitable questions, “ oh, Like Dracula and wearing black?” and so being, in their eyes, defined. The irony of this defined status is that the gothic as a mode is a malleable term that eludes a definitive definition, as most students of the gothic are aware. Whilst studying the Goth

“loved with a love that was more than love”: From Poe’s “Annabel Lee” to Nabokov’s Lolita Thumbnail

“loved with a love that was more than love”: From Poe’s “Annabel Lee” to Nabokov’s Lolita

Posted by Janet Chu on August 18, 2014 in Blog, Janet Chu tagged with

     Since its initial publication in 1955, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita has been renowned (or infamous) for its controversial plot that charts a middle-aged professor Humbert Humbert’s paedophilic infatuation for a 12-year-old girl Dolores Haze, whom the former amorously nicknames Lolita. In constructing the episodes of such a distorted psyche—interestingly and unmistakably—Nabokov intertextually refers to his 19th-century American precursor Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee” in naming Humbert’s childhood love “Annabel Leigh.” Annabel Leigh’s premature death results in

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Father Dagon Uses Sounds of Lovecraftian Fear

Posted by Will Connor on August 13, 2014 in Uncategorized tagged with

(Part One is here and Part Two is here) So far the focus of the past two posts has been discussing the parallels between Lovecraft’s use of fear and how he generates this emotion within his reader’s minds and the ways in which Victoria Snaith is attempting to emulate a similar emotive response through various directorial decisions she employs to develop the newest piece for her drama company, Dread Falls Theatre, a show called Father Dagon, based on Lovecraft’s writings. As almost a miniature duplicate of this set of decisions, embedded within the overall performance, is yet another par

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Dread Falls Theatre’s Father Dagon Embodies Lovecraftian Fear, con’t

Posted by Will Connor on August 05, 2014 in Blog, Will Connor tagged with

(to see the first part of this three part post, go here) In this second post on Dread Falls Theatre’s upcoming immersive performance piece, Father Dagon, based on the works of H. P. Lovecraft, I want to further detail the ways in which Victoria Snaith, director of the show and owner of the company, expects to embrace Lovecraft’s sensibilities in a non-traditional performative setting. As mentioned in the previous post, one of Lovecraft’s main threads incorporated throughout many of his works is instilling a sense of fear, both in the reader and the protagonist’s psyche, specifically a

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Ann Radcliffe at 250: Gothic and Romantic Imaginations

Posted by Carly Stevenson on August 05, 2014 in Blog, Carly Stevenson tagged with , , , ,

A review by the University of Sheffield's Gothic Reading Group: Last month marked a special occasion for the history of the Gothic, as the University of Sheffield celebrated Ann Radcliffe’s 250th birthday with the first ever international academic conference dedicated entirely to ‘the great enchantress’ and her works. Ann Radcliffe at 250: Gothic and Romantic Imaginations ran for three days, between the 27th and 29th of June. The event was the result of long-planning and hard work on the part of its chief organisers, The University of Stirling’s Dr. Dale Townshend and Sheffield’s