2012 December

Careful, they bite: Dangerous Mouths in Gothic Texts Thumbnail

Careful, they bite: Dangerous Mouths in Gothic Texts

Posted by Dr. Jennifer Brown on December 22, 2012 in Guest Blog, Jennifer Brown, Uncategorized tagged with , , , , , , ,

Cannibals populate ancient myths, fairy tales, children’s literature, tales of survival, and lots of horror films. This preoccupation with orality is suggestive of the underlying warning in many Gothic urban cannibal tales – rapacity is monstrous. Hunger becomes more than a need for food, it becomes an expression of deep-seated desires for connections and of uneasiness with the modern condition. This is particularly evident in city narratives where isolation and anonymity lead to a sense of a fragmented existence and a deep need to create a sense of wholeness. Can these Gothic biters say something about modern isolation, urban anonymity, and the privileging of consumption in contemporary society?

Twisted Tales Event: Serial Murder Thumbnail

Twisted Tales Event: Serial Murder

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

An evening exploring our dark fascination with this compulsive crime Featuring readings by award-winning, order best-selling authors: Stuart MacBride: author of BIRTHDAYS FOR THE DEAD and the Logan McRae books, cialis including his latest novel, try CLOSE TO THE BONE Adam Nevill: author of APARTMENT 16, THE RITUAL and LAST DAYS Steve Mosby: author of STILL BLEEDING, BLACK FLOWERS and DARK ROOM Followed by a panel discussion and Q&A 6-7.30pm Friday 22nd February 2013 at Waterstones Liverpool One There will be a signing session after the event and the chance to meet the authors Tickets

Eat me, drink me, love me: The dangers of eating in Gothic texts Thumbnail

Eat me, drink me, love me: The dangers of eating in Gothic texts

Posted by Dr. Jennifer Brown on December 15, 2012 in Guest Blog, Jennifer Brown tagged with , , , ,

Uncontrollable appetite is repulsive and taboo. It reminds us of our animalistic selves and incites a level of horror and fascination that is relished in Gothic texts and by readers of the Gothic. Gothic texts accord a power to all things oral that suggests something much deeper and darker is going on in our dealings with what we put in our mouths.

Jennifer Brown, Cannibalism in Literature and Film, Reviewed by Xavier Aldana Reyes Thumbnail

Jennifer Brown, Cannibalism in Literature and Film, Reviewed by Xavier Aldana Reyes

Posted by Xavier Aldana Reyes on December 11, 2012 in Reviews tagged with , ,

Jennifer Brown, viagra Cannibalism in Literature and Film (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, viagra 2012) Although its title may sound impossibly ambitious, unhealthy Cannibalism in Literature and Film is actually a very contained and focused volume. Complementing recent histories of the cannibal such as Daniel Diehl and Mark F. Donnelly’s Eat Thy Neighbour (2008) and Jimmy Lee Shreeve’s Cannibals (2009), Jennifer Brown’s book traces the emergence of this myth in the colonial novel and brings it into present times via Italian films and serial killer novels. Her main thesi

Stephanie Boluk and Wylie Lenz, eds., ‘Generation Zombie: Essays on the Living Dead in Modern Culture’, Reviewed by Xavier Aldana Reyes Thumbnail

Stephanie Boluk and Wylie Lenz, eds., ‘Generation Zombie: Essays on the Living Dead in Modern Culture’, Reviewed by Xavier Aldana Reyes

Posted by Xavier Aldana Reyes on December 11, 2012 in Reviews tagged with , ,

Stephanie Boluk and Wylie Lenz, viagra eds., cialis Generation Zombie: Essays on the Living Dead in Modern Culture (Jefferson, find North Carolina and London: Thomas McFarland, 2011) Thomas McFarland is quickly becoming the publisher of choice for scholars working in Zombie Studies. Recent volumes have included Peter Dendle’s foundational The Zombie Movie Encyclopaedia (2001, repr. 2011), Kyle William Bishop’s American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture (2010), Kevin J. Wetmore Jr.’s Back from the Dead: Remakes of the Romero Zombie Film

Derek Quint’s Filmic Adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “Salome” Thumbnail

Derek Quint’s Filmic Adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “Salome”

Posted by Dale Townshend on December 07, 2012 in News tagged with

Even after all these years, Salome still dances for the head of John the Baptist. Adapted from the 1891 play of the same name by Oscar Wilde, this experimental art film takes creative ques from a number of sources--Babylonian wall reliefs to Flemish Renaissance paintings to Robert Mapplethorpe photographs--in order to create a bizarre and hallucinagenic viewing experience. Chicago indie director Derek Quint says, "'Salome' is an old story that's been told innumberable times through different mediums. I saw the story differently because of the Oscar Wilde play and I wanted to express thes

Biters, suckers, screamers: Gothic Orality Thumbnail

Biters, suckers, screamers: Gothic Orality

Posted by Dr. Jennifer Brown on December 05, 2012 in Guest Blog, Jennifer Brown tagged with , , , ,

Gothic texts are often concerned with the question of the human body as food, and the mouth as a site of danger, contamination, death or corruption. Popular representations of the cannibal remind us of the voracity of human hunger and the potentially limitless nature of appetite. The cannibal figure represents the fear that our appetite for consumption knows no end, and indeed reminds us of our own potential inhumanity. Gothic orality involves dangerous food and dangerous mouths.