2013 June

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In Memory of Richard Matheson

Posted by Neil McRobert on June 26, 2013 in News tagged with , , , , , ,

And so passes a giant. Richard Matheson, prolific author, screenwriter, and inspiration to authors of speculative fiction beyond count, died on June 23rd 2013. Matheson, whom most students of the Gothic encounter via his 1954 novel I Am Legend, was a key figure in the twentieth century landscape of Gothic, horror and fantasy. I Am Legend itself stands as a monument in the canon of vampire literature. Depicting the struggle of the last man on earth to survive a global vampire plague, Legend is also a meditation on loneliness, community, sexual ethics and—if it is not too bold—the natur

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CFP: Special Issue of Women’s Writing on Ann Radcliffe

Posted by Matt Foley on June 24, 2013 in Blog tagged with ,

Women’s Writing (Taylor & Francis) Special issue on Ann Radcliffe Call for Papers This special issue on Ann Radcliffe invites consideration of any aspect of her work which explores the gender implications of her diverse range of writings. 2014 sees the 250th anniversary of Radcliffe’s birth – an event which will be marked by a major international conference on Radcliffe held at the University of Sheffield. This special issue will also mark that anniversary. Radcliffe is conventionally regarded as a central figure in the Female Gothic tradition and we would welcome articles which

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CFP Reminder: Locating the Gothic, Limerick

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

Conference: Locating the Gothic, October 22-25, 2014 Limerick School of Art and Design and Mary Immaculate College, Limerick mariabeville@gmail.com and tracy.fahey@lit.ie The Gothic is a mode that is intimately connected to location. Sites and spaces both define and demarcate the limits of Gothic aesthetics and have shaped the way varieties of the Gothic have developed over time. From hazy moors and dense forests, to urban labyrinths, contemporary cyberscapes and postmodern dystopi-as, the Gothic has traversed many varied landscapes, both internal and external, historic and

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CFP: Irish Gothic, Perugia, 5-6 December 2013

Posted by Matt Foley on June 20, 2013 in Blog tagged with ,

Università degli Studi di Perugia / Università per Stranieri di Perugia perugiairishgothic@gmail.com 5-6 December, 2013 Confirmed Speakers: • Professor W. J. McCormack (Former Professor of Literary History at Goldsmiths College, University of London) • Professor Francesca Romana Paci (Full Professor, Università del Piemonte Orientale) • Dr Laura Pelaschiar (Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Università di Trieste) • Dr Derek Hand (Senior Lecturer in English, Saint' Patrick's College, Dublin City University) Gothic studies have recently been expandi

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CFP for Le Fanu Studies

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

Call for papers Le Fanu Studies is seeking articles (5 - 10 thousand words) on any aspect of Le Fanu's writing. We are especially interested in interdisciplinary studies which explore his cultural contexts and legacies in modern fiction, film and television. Also welcome are essays on contemporary Gothicists and especially female writers of ghost stories. Submissions (using MLA citation) should be sent to the editor, Gary Crawford, on gothicpt12@aol.com, or to Simon Cooke at simongcooke@ntlworld.com.

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In Conversation with Alice Thompson

Posted by Matt Foley on June 13, 2013 in Blog, Interviews tagged with , ,

On Friday 7th June 2013 Alice Thompson was kind enough to sit down with The Gothic Imagination to discuss her latest book Burnt Island. Her novels, which include Justine (1996), Pharos (2002), The Falconer (2008) and The Existential Detective (2010), are often polemics for the primacy of the imagination. Her latest piece charts the troubled story of Max Long who, harbouring ambitions of mainstream recognition, becomes writer in residence on a remote, often surreal, Scottish island. As Alice discusses below, influences upon her body of work include Muriel Spark, Angela Carter and the Scott

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Death and Decay Postgrad Journal CFP

Posted by Matt Foley on June 04, 2013 in Blog, News tagged with

This call for papers invites submissions on the subject of ‘Death and Decay’ for the third edition of HARTS & Minds, an online postgraduate journal for students of the Humanities and Arts, which is due to be published online in Winter 2013-14. Our first edition and further information can be found at www.harts-minds.co.uk and you can get updates on our journal at www.facebook.com/hartsandminds. Submissions should adhere to the guidelines available on our website. You can either send us an abstract (approximately 300 words in length) and a completed article (no longer than 600

Gothic capitalism: Marx, monsters and Buffy Thumbnail

Gothic capitalism: Marx, monsters and Buffy

Posted by Lena Wånggren on June 01, 2013 in Guest Blog, Lena Wånggren, Uncategorized tagged with , , , ,

As Franco Moretti claims, 'monsters are metaphors'; their bodies standing in for the fears of a certain time and place. Jessie Givner in fact argues that it is the monster's ability to be seen as a metaphor that makes the creature particularly monstrous. Capitalism, with its seemingly magical market movements, lend itself very well to being described in metaphors. This blog post, the final of my three ones, will explore the economic system in which we live through the metaphor of the monster, examining such economic monsters both in Marx and in a more recent popular text: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003).