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Step by Step: Translating Ann Radcliffe’s ‘The Mysteries of Udolpho’ from Text to Screen Thumbnail

Step by Step: Translating Ann Radcliffe’s ‘The Mysteries of Udolpho’ from Text to Screen

Posted by Elizabeth Bobbitt on June 30, 2015 in Elizabeth Bobbitt tagged with , , , , ,

For my final blog, I would like to examine my actual process of adaptation more closely, in order to discuss the practical steps which I undertook in transposing Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho into the format of a script for television. In doing so, I will be referring back to the excerpt of my adaptation which I posted in my last blog. For those of you who did not have a chance to read it, here it is again: EPISODE 1, SCENE 4 FADE IN: INT. EMILY’S BED CHAMBER- MIDNIGHT. The only light in Emily’s chamber emanates from the meagre glow of several candles on the mantelpiece

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Review: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Posted by Matt Foley on June 24, 2015 in Blog, Carly Stevenson, Reviews tagged with , , , ,

Review: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) By Carly Stevenson (University of Sheffield)   This debut from British-born, Iranian-American writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour is at once nostalgic and innovative in its approach to the ever-popular (and some might say oversaturated) vampire motif. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night assimilates a wealth of classic horror imagery: the jerky body movements and monochromatic aesthetic give the film a surreal quality reminiscent of Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari. And yet, this nod to early European horror contrasts with more co

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Allan Lloyd Smith Prize: Edited Collection Shortlist

Posted by Matt Foley on June 22, 2015 in News tagged with , , ,

The Allan Lloyd Smith Memorial Prize 2015: Edited Collection Shortlist Please find below the shortlist for the 2015 Allan Lloyd Smith edited collection prize – decided upon by the IGA’s edited collection prize committee.   Edited Collection Shortlist 2015   Glennis Byron and Dale Townshend (eds.). The Gothic World (Routledge, 2013)             Charles L. Crow (ed.). A Companion to American Gothic (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)             Christina Morin and Niall Gillespie (eds.). Irish Gothics: Genres, Forms, Modes,

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Review: Lancaster University 5th Annual Contemporary Gothic Study Day

Posted by Neal Kirk on June 19, 2015 in Reviews tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

On May 15 2015, Lancaster University Department of English and Creative Writing held their fifth annual Contemporary Gothic Study Day. Known as one of the highlights of the academic calendar for gothic scholarship in the Northwest of England it was the best of the three I have attended. An audience of up to nearly forty included Lancaster University English MA students and new PhD candidates from as far afield as Italy. Lancaster’s Dr. Catherine Spooner (Fashioning Gothic Bodies (2004), Contemporary Gothic (2006)), welcomed everybody and introduced the keynote speaker, Dr. Claire Nally. D

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Allan Lloyd Smith Prize: Monograph Shortlist

Posted by Matt Foley on June 12, 2015 in Blog, News tagged with , ,

The Allan Lloyd Smith Memorial Prize 2015: Monograph Shortlist   Please find below the shortlist for the 2015 Allan Lloyd Smith monograph prize – decided upon by the IGA’s monograph prize committee.   Monograph Shortlist 2015   Joseph Crawford. The Twilight of the Gothic? Vampire Fiction and the Rise of the Paranormal Romance, 1991-2012 (University of Wales Press, 2014)                   Rebecca Munford. Decadent Daughters and Monstrous Mothers: Angela Carter and European Gothic (Manchester UP, 2013)      

An ‘Obscure and Terrible’ Place: Restructuring Ann Radcliffe’s ‘The Mysteries of Udolpho’ for the TV Screen Thumbnail

An ‘Obscure and Terrible’ Place: Restructuring Ann Radcliffe’s ‘The Mysteries of Udolpho’ for the TV Screen

Posted by Elizabeth Bobbitt on June 05, 2015 in Elizabeth Bobbitt tagged with , , , ,

 In my last blog on my six-part adaptation of Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho for TV, vialis 40mg I discussed the way in which Radcliffe’s text demands significant restructuring in order to render it suitable for a visual re-representation of the romance for a modern audience. I first stumbled upon Radcliffe’s work during my initial reading of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey when I was 15 years old. As many of you will know who have read—or attempted to read—a Radcliffe novel, the experience can be somewhat daunting, and, needless to say, rather unlike Catherine Morla

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The Grotesque Orgasm: Gothic’s Dirtiest Trick.

Posted by Danielle Hancock on June 01, 2015 in Blog, Danielle Hancock tagged with , , , , , ,

Note: This post contains sexually explicit language.   “The grotesque orgasm” is a phrase that’s been lurking in my mind for a long time - since some friends and myself admitted to getting hot under the collar during parts of Brett Easton Ellis' American Psycho, only to be bodily horrified at the next line. Simply, American Psycho constituted  some of the most bluntly provocative literature we'd ever read, with the unhappiest endings we’d ever experienced. Let me give you an example: [here imagine the antics of an explicit 2.5 page consensual three-person sex scene, build