2013 February

Matters of Anxiety/Anxieties of Matter: South African Gothic in the Post-Transitional Moment Thumbnail

Matters of Anxiety/Anxieties of Matter: South African Gothic in the Post-Transitional Moment

Posted by rebeccaduncan on February 26, 2013 in Guest Blog, Rebecca Duncan tagged with , , , , , , , ,

The 'post-transitional' Gothic, like all gothic narratives, is animated by tensions occurring within a specific society, at a specific cultural moment. In South Africa these fears arise over the fault lines of global and local; at the seam between the multinational and the post-apartheid nation, where the anxieties of consumer culture – the fears of objectification, of commodification – are experienced as a return of the oppressions which characterise the past.

CFP: Malady and Mortality Conference Thumbnail

CFP: Malady and Mortality Conference

Posted by Matt Foley on February 26, 2013 in Blog, News tagged with , , ,

Malady and Mortality - Illness, ailment Disease and Death in Literary and Visual Culture Conference, viagra 100mg Falmouth University, Cornwall 19-20th September 2013 Keynote Speakers: Professor Tony Walter, Centre for Death, University of Bath Professor Alan Bleakley, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry Papers are invited on the following topics: Health, Well Being and Environment History of Medicine Public Health and Medicine Disease and Subjectivity Disability and Agency The Body in Pain Palliative Care Illness and Digital Technologies Narrative, e-Narratives and Memory Medical

CFP on ‘The Spectral South’ Thumbnail

CFP on ‘The Spectral South’

Posted by Matt Foley on February 25, 2013 in Blog, News tagged with ,

Special Issue of The South Carolina Review: The Spectral South contact email: slauro@clemson.edu & kmangan@clemson.edu Essay proposals are invited for a special themed issue of The South Carolina Review that examines the images of zombies, ailment vampires, find and other undead in the American South. We are particularly interested in how the narratives of these specters exorcise cultural guilt about slavery, no rx fears of racial contamination, and the split personality of the state that once succeeded from the Union. We are also happy to consider contributions that take a broader vi

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BFI year of Gothic

Posted by Matt Foley on February 23, 2013 in Blog, News tagged with

FrightFest -- at the Glasgow Film Festival -- is currently capturing the popular imagination in the UK but that's not the only treat this year for horror/Gothic film fans. The British Film Institute will launch officially its own series of Gothic features in June to showcase classics of the genre. A number of the features are likely to be shown at BFI Southbank in London, but there will be events nationwide (including a potential screening in Derry/Londonderry - the 2013 City of Culture). Creative Director Heather Stewart, who did super work last year with the BFI's Hitchcock showcase,  has

Unburying the Past: Post-Apartheid Gothic Fiction Thumbnail

Unburying the Past: Post-Apartheid Gothic Fiction

Posted by rebeccaduncan on February 19, 2013 in Guest Blog, Rebecca Duncan tagged with , , , , , ,

Fiction written in the wake of the 1994 elections has been collected under the broad title of ‘transitional literature,’ and might further be linked together by a general concern with recent South African history, and, more specifically, with the un-burying of that which it became the purpose of the apartheid government to suppress. The Gothic too is intensely interested in this project of unearthing and constantly presents us with scenarios in which history refuses to remain anterior but resurfaces insistently, disturbing the present

CFP: Dark Latitudes: Mapping Gothic Sites and Mediums Thumbnail

CFP: Dark Latitudes: Mapping Gothic Sites and Mediums

Posted by Dale Townshend on February 18, 2013 in News, Uncategorized tagged with

The University of Costa Rica, San Pedro campus, Costa Rica will host a 2-day conference on the theme of 'Dark Latitudes: Mapping Gothic Sites and Mediums' on 10-11 December 2013. The conference website, as well as further details concerning the submission of abstracts, is to be found here.

Parricide on the Plaas: Reza de Wet’s ‘African Gothic’ Thumbnail

Parricide on the Plaas: Reza de Wet’s ‘African Gothic’

Posted by rebeccaduncan on February 11, 2013 in Guest Blog, Rebecca Duncan tagged with , , , , , , ,

If the original plaasroman presented the South African farm as a wholesome seat of natural order – the heartland of Afrikaner culture where the reign of the white paterfamilias is both just and benign – then Reza de Wet’s short play, while it draws on this pastoral tradition, is at the same time, deeply invested in its disruption. Her 1985 vision of the plaas is not idyllic but nightmarish, and reveals, in both a specific and a general, political sense, a South African institution in ruin

Scottish Horror Writer Dave Watson on his influences Thumbnail

Scottish Horror Writer Dave Watson on his influences

Posted by Matt Foley on February 11, 2013 in Guest Blog tagged with ,

In the first of a semi-regular feature showcasing new authors, horror writer Dave Watson talks about his scariest influence of all: his big brothers' bedroom.  When not playing with the bounds of reality and scribbling down demented creepy tales about monsters, ghosts, beer and stoners, Dave Watson studies at the University of Glasgow and works as a freelance composer and music teacher. He lives in western Scotland with his wife and son. You can download his latest novel In the Devil’s Name from his Amazon author page. Kids hate brushing their teeth. It tastes weird, no matter

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February Films

Posted by Kelly Gardner on February 08, 2013 in Uncategorized tagged with , ,

February is proving to be a promising month for celluloid horror. Listed below are February releases and while most have been widely advertised, there are a few less popular films that stand out amongst the “stock horror” of contemporary movie theatres. Antiviral and Chained are set for limited release, however, they are the most notable on this list. The first for the cinematic ingenuity of another Cronenberg, and the latter for its exploration of childhood exposure to gruesome violence. The trailers are linked below for your perusal: Antiviral A Cronenberg film through and through,

Call for Papers: ‘Digital Nightmares: Wired Ghosts, CCTV Horror and the Found Footage Phenomenon’ Edited Collection Thumbnail

Call for Papers: ‘Digital Nightmares: Wired Ghosts, CCTV Horror and the Found Footage Phenomenon’ Edited Collection

Posted by Xavier Aldana Reyes on February 06, 2013 in News tagged with , , ,

Digital Nightmares: Wired Ghosts, CCTV Horror and the Found Footage Phenomenon, ed. by Linnie Blake and Xavier Aldana Reyes The Blair Witch Project (1999) is responsible for sparking a host of handheld horrors that have led to the commercial success of big blockbusters such as [REC] (2007), Paranormal Activity (2007) or Cloverfield (2008) and to the institutionalisation of the ‘found footage’ phenomenon or pseudo-documentary. There has also been a systematic application of new digital media to the recording methods and narrative structures of the horror genre, with films such as My Li