2012 November

“Dark creatures are more fun” – Interview with Joseph Delaney Thumbnail

“Dark creatures are more fun” – Interview with Joseph Delaney

Posted by Chloe Buckley on November 30, 2012 in Interviews, Reviews tagged with , , , , , , ,

“Dark creatures are more fun” Interview with Joseph Delaney / Review of Slither’s Tale Slither’s Tale Publisher: Bodley Head (27 Sep 2012) ISBN-10: 0370332172 ISBN-13: 978-0370332178 Joseph Delaney is the author of the spectacularly successful dark fantasy series, story The Wardstone Chronicles, health written for children and young adults. The novels tell the story of Tom Ward, ambulance a farmer’s son apprenticed to the County ‘Spook’ on his twelfth birthday.  Tom and the ‘Spook’ live and work at the edge of their community, protecting the folk of ‘the County’ f

Current Popular Taste: Skeletons and Skulls Thumbnail

Current Popular Taste: Skeletons and Skulls

Posted by cwagner on November 30, 2012 in Corinna Wagner, Guest Blog tagged with , , , , , , , ,

Since this is the last day of the month and the last day of my guest blog, I'm going to be a bit self-indulgent (but will move on, I promise!). Also, a response to my last blog (by Frederick) got me thinking... So first: I'm going to talk about my own taste for skulls and skeletons. Much of my research focuses on the body and the history of medicine and the gothic. As a result, I have accumulated quite a collection of things skeletal. Allow me to share: I have a ceramic skeleton pendant and porcelain skull sculptures from Australian designers Iggy & Lou Lou (the artist behind the

Victorian Medievalism: What happened to ‘gothic’ visual culture? Thumbnail

Victorian Medievalism: What happened to ‘gothic’ visual culture?

Posted by cwagner on November 24, 2012 in Corinna Wagner, Guest Blog, Uncategorized tagged with , , , ,

I am co-curating an exhibition on Victorian Medievalism at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), from September 2014-March 2015.  The AHRC generously awarded us a substantial sum of money toward researching and borrowing pieces for this exhibition. As these things go, pieces from other galleries have to be ordered quite far in advance, so I’m thinking about what fabulously gothic, medieval paintings, objects, architectural drawings, illustrated books (think William Morris’s wonderful Kelmscott Press productions) to request. NOTE: Please note any suggestions for materials for

Horror: Southwest / Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association Thumbnail

Horror: Southwest / Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association

Posted by Dale Townshend on November 20, 2012 in News tagged with

CALL FOR PAPERS "HORROR"34th Annual Conference of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center on February 13-16, 2013 in Albuquerque, New Mexico The area chair for Horror of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association invites all interested scholars to submit papers on any aspect of horror in literature, film, television, or general culture. Particularly encouraged are presentations that fit this year’s conference theme, "Celebrating Popular/American Culture(s) in a Global Context.” If you

Driving a stake through the heart of psycho-biography… Thumbnail

Driving a stake through the heart of psycho-biography…

Posted by cwagner on November 18, 2012 in Corinna Wagner, Guest Blog, Uncategorized tagged with , , ,

In a recent blog, Marie Mulvey-Roberts rightly observed that Frankenstein has had a resurgence (again!) and she writes: 'Much has been written about the monster in psycho-biographical terms as a manifestation of maternal guilt or grief or as an attempt to resurrect her dead mother .... The building of the monster has been seen as a recreation of Mary Shelley herself.' HATE. Sorry, had to get that out. I know this is an oft-visited debate, but along with the resurrection of interest in Frankenstein, there has been a resurrection in psycho-biographical readings - in the press, in popu

Conference Schedule For ‘Unhealable Wounds: Gothic and the Question of Trauma’ Thumbnail

Conference Schedule For ‘Unhealable Wounds: Gothic and the Question of Trauma’

Posted by Dale Townshend on November 15, 2012 in News tagged with

FINAL CONFERENCE PROGRAMME Unhealable Wounds: Gothic and the Question of Trauma Pathfoot Building University of Stirling, physician Saturday 24th November 2012 Panels, treat plenaries , view coffees and lunch take place in the Pathfoot Building, Stirling Campus Saturday 24th November From 8.00am Registration and coffee in the Crush Hall, Pathfoot 9.00-10:00 am Welcome (Dale Townshend, Pathfoot Lecture Theatre) Plenary I: Professor David Punter, University of Bristol, Pathfoot Lecture Theatre Title: ‘Shell Shock and Human Remains: Thinking Around Pat Barker’ 10.00-12:00 2 extended

CFP: Spectral Gothic: Demon(s)trating the Monstrous Thumbnail

CFP: Spectral Gothic: Demon(s)trating the Monstrous

Posted by Dale Townshend on November 08, 2012 in News tagged with

Straddling the geographic and cultural borders between Scotland and Ireland and sprawling over the many textual genres it incorporates, pill haunts and appropriates, prescription Celtic Gothic remains a fertile and productive topic for contemporary scholarship which embodies a range of time periods, malady often benchmarked as moving from the writing of Hogg and Scott to present day. As much a hybrid as a double, the Gothic is a nexus and a thematic nuclear that lends itself well to an interrogation of Celtic culture. Following the success of the Spectral Gothic symposium in June 2012 at th

Gothic Romanticism: architecture, politics and literary form Thumbnail

Gothic Romanticism: architecture, politics and literary form

Posted by maxfincher on November 04, 2012 in Dr Max Fincher, Guest Blog tagged with

Tom Duggett, drug Gothic Romanticism: architecture, viagra politics and literary form (Houndsmills, cialis Basingstoke UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) Nineteenth-century Major Lives and Letters [ISBN: 978-0-230-61532-8]. Possibly one of the most terrifying visual images to emerge from the attack on the World Trade Centre is that which is now endlessly reproduced in visual media, showing the wreckage of the towers. Like one of Caspar David Friedrich’s paintings, the twin towers are like a gothic ruin, cloaked in the rising dust from the rubble. These images became visually symbolic of how

“Artsy” Zombies: Anthology Recommendations Thumbnail

“Artsy” Zombies: Anthology Recommendations

Posted by Kelly Gardner on November 03, 2012 in Blog tagged with , , , , , , , , , , ,

The walking dead have permeated popular culture to such an extent that no visit to a bookshop or cinema goes without encountering some variation of the contemporary zombie. Zombie literature is inescapable, ask and the sheer volume available is as daunting as a relentless crowd of flesh-hungry foes. With this in mind, tadalafil I would like to suggest three zombie themed anthologies that not only act as an introduction to the genre, buy but also flesh-out various interpretations of the zombie as a multifaceted monster. If you are to read only one zombie book, let it be ZOMBIES: A Compend