2013 May

Ken Gelder, ‘New Vampire Cinema’ (2012), reviewed by Neal Kirk Thumbnail

Ken Gelder, ‘New Vampire Cinema’ (2012), reviewed by Neal Kirk

Posted by Neal Kirk on May 31, 2013 in Reviews tagged with , , , , ,

Before I sink my teeth into Ken Gelder’s latest book, New Vampire Cinema (BFI Palgrave MacMillan, 2012), first, some context. For numerous fascinating reasons Stephanie Myers Twilight Saga (2007-2008) was an overwhelming success. It announced the emergence of a demographic eager to consume vampire fiction.

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CFP: Gothic Studies Special Issue on Surrealism

Posted by Matt Foley on May 29, 2013 in Blog, News tagged with

CFP: Gothic Studies Special Issue on Surrealism Gothic Studies is seeking to publish a collection of articles examining the connections between Surrealism and the Gothic. Possible topics of discussion could include (but are not limited to): The influence of Gothic texts on Surrealist writers and artists (e.g., cialis Walpole and André Breton; Poe and the Comte de Lautréamont; Poe and Magritte; James Hogg and André Gide; Matthew Lewis and Antonin Artaud) Surrealist elements in the work of Gothic writers and artists The legacy of the Surreal in Gothic films and fictions from 1924 to the

Book Review – The Transnational Gothic, Literary and Social Exchanges in the Long Nineteenth Century Thumbnail

Book Review – The Transnational Gothic, Literary and Social Exchanges in the Long Nineteenth Century

Posted by jongreenaway on May 24, 2013 in Blog, Jon Greenaway tagged with , ,

Interdisciplinary has become something of an academic buzz word recently but like many good ideas it’s often easier to talk about than practice...

Gothic embodiment: Lon Chaney and affective amputation Thumbnail

Gothic embodiment: Lon Chaney and affective amputation

Posted by Lena Wånggren on May 22, 2013 in Guest Blog, Lena Wånggren, Uncategorized tagged with , , , , , ,

What is a gothic body? Is there such as thing? Various scholars have theorised gothic embodiment and physical difference in gothic works, testifying to the specific corporeal side to the gothic. Bodies marked as different can, as evidenced in these works, become inextricable linked to the gothic or explored in gothic writing. This blog post will focus on a specific physical 'difference' or marked body, namely the body disabled by amputation. Examining Lon Chaney's characterisation of an amputee in The Unknown (1927), I will explore what amputation might mean when marked as different or other, and how amputation might take on different affective significations.

On Posthuman Horror and Other Cinematic Pursuits. Mark Robins, from Monkeypuzzle Cinema, interviewed by Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes Thumbnail

On Posthuman Horror and Other Cinematic Pursuits. Mark Robins, from Monkeypuzzle Cinema, interviewed by Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes

Posted by Xavier Aldana Reyes on May 20, 2013 in Interviews tagged with , , ,

‘I’m making science-fiction horror films because it strikes me that our experience of the world in our everyday lives is pretty much a technological, science-fictional one. And when you add the human element to that, there you’ve got your horror covered. With our disconnection and increasing hollowness amongst the increasing noise, real, lived life seems to have become science-fiction horror itself.’ George A. Romero, director of the gothic horror classic Night of the Living Dead (1968), has talked about the hardships of independent filmmaking in various occasions: the lack of reso

CFP for Romantic Lacunae: Silences, Gaps, and Empty Spaces Thumbnail

CFP for Romantic Lacunae: Silences, Gaps, and Empty Spaces

Posted by Matt Foley on May 17, 2013 in Blog, News tagged with ,

www.qub.ac.uk/romanticlacunae We invite paper and panel proposals on topics related to silences, order disjunctions, and absences in Romantic-era texts, for a one-day conference hosted by the School of English and the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Queen’s University Belfast on 2 August, 2013. The keynote speaker will be Dr Fiona Price, Reader in English Literature at the University of Chichester. The conference is interested in exploring the power of silences and absences in the literature of the period c.1780-1830. During this time there is significant cultural emphasis on wha

CFP for Dario Argento collection Thumbnail

CFP for Dario Argento collection

Posted by Matt Foley on May 15, 2013 in Blog, News tagged with ,

CFP Collection: The Films of Dario Argento Cited as an important influence to filmmakers from Quentin Tarantino to Gaspar Noé, drugs Italian director Dario Argento occupies a curious position in film history. With a career spanning more than 40 years, in which he’s made more than 20 films, Argento has attracted relatively little critical attention in the academy. With the only sustained (English-language) book-length consideration of the director’s work being first released more than 20 years ago, this collection seeks to explore Argento’s films through a range of analytical and met

Gothic sexualities: female necrophilia Thumbnail

Gothic sexualities: female necrophilia

Posted by Lena Wånggren on May 10, 2013 in Guest Blog, Lena Wånggren tagged with , , , ,

If, as Fred Botting has posited, the gothic is characterised by transgression as well as excess, then necrophilia might be one of the most gothic sexual practices. Transgressing the bounds of reality and possibility, Botting states, gothic narratives may 'subvert rational codes of understanding' and thus 'blurring definitions of reason and morality' (6). Often considered the most horrible or unspeakable of sexual aberrations, necrophilia – a sexual attraction to corpses – could arguably be considered the ultimate transgression between life and death. Cast as a kind of gothic sexuality, necrophilia might work to question established social orders and norms. And, as I hope to sketch out in this post, female necrophilia might work also as a specifically gendered transgression.

New Journal Launch: The Green Book Thumbnail

New Journal Launch: The Green Book

Posted by Matt Foley on May 09, 2013 in Blog, News tagged with

Swan River Press has announced recently that it is set to publish a new bi-annual journal: The Green Book: Writings on Irish Gothic, Supernatural and Fantastic Literature. The first edition is available to preorder now and, among other topics, it contains essays on Sheridan Le Fanu, Irish Gothic, and Conor McPherson. According to the Swan River Press website, the journal will be aimed at a general readership and will feature "commentaries, articles, and reviews on Irish Gothic, Supernatural and Fantastic literature." In terms of a further guide to its scholarly content, the publishers sug

Book Review: Rethinking George MacDonald: Contexts and Contemporaries. Thumbnail

Book Review: Rethinking George MacDonald: Contexts and Contemporaries.

Posted by rebeccamclean on May 07, 2013 in Blog, Rebecca McLean, Reviews tagged with , , ,

Book Review: Rethinking George MacDonald: Contexts and Contemporaries. This collection of sixteen essays edited by Christopher MacLachlan, John Patrick Pazdziora and Ginger Stelle sets out to 'look directly at MacDonald the Victorian.' To achieve this the essays are collected into four thematic sections: ‘Belief and Scepticism’, ‘Social Reform and Gender’, ‘Ideals and Nightmares’, and ‘Scotland’. The broad scope of thematic concerns covered in the book allows the reader to gain a strong idea of MacDonald's role and his place beside his Victorian contemporaries.