2013 July

CFP: Victorian Violence, April 11-13, Michigan Thumbnail

CFP: Victorian Violence, April 11-13, Michigan

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

Midwest Victorian Studies Association conferencesubmissions@midwestvictorian.org 2014 MVSA Conference "Victorian Violence" University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, April 11-13 The Midwest Victorian Studies Association will hold its 2014 annual conference at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, April 11-13, 2014. Papers are sought for topics related to the conference theme of "Victorian Violence." Contributions may consider any aspect of conflict or resistance and its representations in art, music, history, or literature: violence in the army, the colonies, the prisons, the streets, the work

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CFA: Supernatural in the Nineteenth Century

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

CFA: Supernatural in the Nineteenth Century (abstracts: 30 November 2013, articles: 31 March 2014) Supernatural Studies Association Journal Email: supernatural.studies.editor@gmail.com The Supernatural Studies Journal is now accepting proposals for a themed issue on the supernatural in the nineteenth century (due Winter 2014), guest edited by Janine Hatter and Sara Williams. Articles may examine any aspect of the representation of the supernatural within the context of worldwide literature, arts and material culture in the nineteenth century. We welcome any approach, but request that aut

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Spanish Gothic Horror

Posted by Xavier Aldana Reyes on July 22, 2013 in Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes, Guest Blog tagged with , , ,

In my last blog post, I intimated that in the case of countries like Italy, which have had a strong and committed relationship with the horror genre, critics have favoured an approach that sees the gothic as one more strand within a number of wider horror trends. This gothic subgenre tends to be distinguished through its use of imagery (old, onerous, decrepit castles or mansions), tropes (innocent people being wronged or murdered, dark and licentious secrets, family curses) and characters (damsels in distress, tyrannical patriarchal figures, revenants). One of the issues I will be exploring in

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The Conjuring opens in the US to positive reviews

Posted by Matt Foley on July 19, 2013 in News tagged with , ,

James Wan's (Saw) latest feature film The Conjuring has been greeted by a number of complimentary reviews on its US release, including being touted as the best horror film of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle. While the praise has not been universally gushing, for example see the more measured review in The Wall Street Journal, the 1970's-set film has been praised for its bold use of sound and, in particular, the sheer number of 'jump out of your seat' moments that Wan has conjured. The picture is set for a UK release early next month and has been said to be derivative of its antec

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Italian Gothic Horror

Posted by Xavier Aldana Reyes on July 15, 2013 in Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes, Guest Blog tagged with , , , , ,

Italy is a country that has a long history of production in the horror genre, and it therefore seemed like the right place to go after last week’s blog post. As I explained, France has only developed something close to an endemic horror tradition in the past two decades. By contrast, Italy’s horror credentials, although they developed relatively late in comparison to Germany, have shown a strong and committed connection to the genre.[1] After the industry’s initial explosion in the 1960s, Italy’s horror output continued unabated throughout the 1970s, when it developed alongside other s

VI International Gothic Congress, UNAM, Mexico City: Gothic Convergences Thumbnail

VI International Gothic Congress, UNAM, Mexico City: Gothic Convergences

Posted by Dale Townshend on July 11, 2013 in News tagged with ,

The Sixth International Gothic Congress on the theme of 'Gothic Convergences' is to be held at UNAM, Mexico City, in April 2014. Please contant antonio.alcala at itesm.mx for more information.

CFP: Radcliffe at 250: Gothic and Romantic Imaginations Thumbnail

CFP: Radcliffe at 250: Gothic and Romantic Imaginations

Posted by Dale Townshend on July 08, 2013 in News tagged with ,

An International Conference entitled 'Ann Radcliffe at 250: Gothic and Romantic Imaginations' is to be held at the University of Sheffield on 27-29 June 2014. Confirmed keynote speakers: Emma Clery, University of Southampton Fred Botting, Kingston University Jane Stabler, University of St Andrews For further particulars, please visit the conference website here.

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French Gothic Horror

Posted by Xavier Aldana Reyes on July 08, 2013 in Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes, Guest Blog tagged with , , , ,

I wanted to dedicate the first nationally-specific blog to France because it is a country that had not, until recently, developed a distinct horror tradition or generated a stream of genre-specific productions.[1] As Guy Austin has argued, the reason for this is that France has historically favoured director films and realism over genre films and fantasy, particularly as the latter have tended to be associated with the foreign market (2008: 43). The search for a gothic strand within what presents itself, essentially, as a collection of unconnected pieces that often fall into other filmic categ

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An Interview with F.R. Tallis

Posted by Matt Foley on July 04, 2013 in Blog, Interviews tagged with , ,

F.R. Tallis is a writer with a keen awareness of the Gothic tradition. Under the name Frank Tallis he has held lecturing posts at the Institute of Psychiatry and King's College, London. He has written self help manuals, non-fiction for the general reader, academic text books and journal papers, as well as several novels, including The Liebermann Papers detective books. Installments of The Liebermann series have been translated into fourteen languages. The Sleep Room, his second novel as F.R. Tallis, is out this week. It follows 2012's The Forbidden. *****************************************

On European Gothic Horror Film Thumbnail

On European Gothic Horror Film

Posted by Xavier Aldana Reyes on July 01, 2013 in Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes, Guest Blog tagged with , ,

I am delighted to be guest blogger for the month of July. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting a series of four blogs that explore my current thoughts on the state and development of gothic horror in Europe. These derive from very preliminary work on the filmic side of my Spanish Gothic research project, as well as a series of screenings that I recently curated and introduced for the TRAUMA group at Manchester Metropolitan University.[1] I will be focusing more specifically on the outputs of France, Italy and Spain. This decision is made on the grounds that these countries have shown