2015 November

A Curious Case of Gothic in Falkland Thumbnail

A Curious Case of Gothic in Falkland

Posted by Peter Lindfield on November 25, 2015 in Blog, Peter Lindfield tagged with

It is rather appropriate that my post for November explores an unusual and little-known building in the history of the Gothic Revival close to my alma mater, St Andrews, given that I drove past the building this week. The building in question, today known as Maspie House Gallery, has had a colourful history: originally constructed in 1819 by Falkland’s Provost Francis Deas, it later became a Post Office, then a private residence and in 2014 an art gallery. Unassuming as the house’s façade may be, it is evidence of the role and influence that architectural pattern-books had in eighteenth-

Haunted Studies: The Ghost Stories of M. R. James, The Leeds Library, 19 March 2016 Thumbnail

Haunted Studies: The Ghost Stories of M. R. James, The Leeds Library, 19 March 2016

Posted by Matt Foley on November 23, 2015 in Blog, News tagged with , , ,

Haunted Studies: The Ghost Stories of M. R. James - a one-day conference at The Leeds Library, 19 March 2016 Confirmed keynote speakers: Ramsay Campbell Jacqueline Simpson Andrew Smith   The ghost stories of Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) are amongst the most influential in the English language. Never out of print, they have been adapted numerous times for stage, screen and other media and their formal and thematic features have come to embody the very model of the traditional English ghost story. Although widely read and tremendously influential, his stories have

Review: Women and Domestic Space in Contemporary Gothic Narratives: The House as Subject Thumbnail

Review: Women and Domestic Space in Contemporary Gothic Narratives: The House as Subject

Posted by Donna Mitchell on November 19, 2015 in Blog, Donna Mitchell, Reviews tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Women and Domestic Space in Contemporary Gothic Narratives: The House as Subject. Andrew Hock Soon Ng Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-137-53681-5 Reviewed by Donna Mitchell Hock Soon Ng approaches the subject of the house in Gothic narratives with two intentions; he wishes firstly, to identify and expose the intimate link between the text’s female subject and the house, and secondly, to explore how this link’s complex dimension indirectly reveals the ambiguity that characterises the latter. Concentrating on the interiority of the house that not only makes it a home

THE DEEP, DARK, HYPNOTIC SPELL OF SCORPIUS Thumbnail

THE DEEP, DARK, HYPNOTIC SPELL OF SCORPIUS

Posted by Dr David Annwn Jones on November 18, 2015 in Uncategorized tagged with , , , , , ,

Lisa Starry’s A Vampire Tale by Scorpius Dance, Sunday 21st October, 2015, Spa Pavilion, Whitby There are a few, a very few dance companies who can claim to embody a truly convincing and visceral Gothic and vampiric experience realised through the skills of world-class artists and performers. Perhaps Indianapolis-based ‘The Casket Girls: A Modern Gothic Vampire Ballet’ and Northern Ballet’s production of Dracula come close at times. There are also, of course, more intimate and small-scale productions: Gothic burlesque and belly-dancing artists, one-off Halloween shows and Rocky H

The influence of Spanish Letters on the configuration of the Gothic villain. Thumbnail

The influence of Spanish Letters on the configuration of the Gothic villain.

Posted by Marina Pérez on November 16, 2015 in Blog, Marina Pérez tagged with , , ,

Spanish literature has shown so far a somewhat reluctant attitude towards the recognition of a Gothic literary tradition in Spain. However, recent research has demonstrated the reciprocal influence that both English and Spanish literary traditions have exerted upon each other throughout the history of the Gothic Imagination. Indeed, some authors like Armstrong-Roche (2007) or Lee Six (2012) date the first Gothic traces of Spanish influence back to the seventeenth century literature, more in particular, by means of the notion of the honour code. Elaborating upon this chivalrous element, Arms

Review: Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings. By Shirley Jackson. Thumbnail

Review: Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings. By Shirley Jackson.

Posted by Matt Foley on November 13, 2015 in Blog, Reviews tagged with ,

Let Me Tell You: New Stories, case Essays, and Other Writings. By Shirley Jackson. Edited by Laurence Hyman Jackson and Sarah Hyman DeWitt. New York: Random House, 2015. Xxiii + 416 pp.               Darryl Hattenhauer Arizona State University West It is remarkable that so many fine examples of Jackson’s uncollected and even unpublished writing keep surfacing. It is not surprising that many of the pieces in this volume that were previously collected rank with some of her best writing. Indeed, many of them appeared in such venues as Vogue an

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MASTER-CALLIGRAPHER’S DIODATI TRIBUTE

Posted by Dr David Annwn Jones on November 09, 2015 in News tagged with , , , , ,

    On the eve of two major exhibitions of his work, one of the America’s most celebrated calligraphers has produced Mary Shelley's Elisions,  a stunning tribute to next year’s Bicentennial Celebration of Mary Shelley’s creativity and her famous sojourn at the Villa Diodati. Michael Gullick has written that Thomas Ingmire is ‘a visionary artist. His work provokes inquiry into fundamental questions about reading and seeing. As Ingmire’s work has become more abstract and taken greater risks, it has become more precise in the clarity and literacy of its expression.

The lamb must learn to run with the tigers; La Belle et la Bête and The Tiger’s Bride Thumbnail

The lamb must learn to run with the tigers; La Belle et la Bête and The Tiger’s Bride

Posted by Stephanie Gallon on November 09, 2015 in Stephanie Gallon tagged with , , , , , , , , ,

In my last post, I discussed the surrealist French film La Belle et la Bête, written and directed in 1946 by Jean Cocteau. Despite being a mainstream success and a critical darling in France and more recently lauded for its ‘surreal elegance’ (Hogan, 1997: 90), the film was received in Surrealist circles as a poor imitation of the artistic movement. Cocteau denied being a Surrealist, despite his works often being cited as Surrealist cinema. La Belle et la Bête is not purely surrealism; it is surrealism made Gothic and traditional. Angela Carter’s short story The Tiger’s Bride seem

Eco-Minded Monsters: Horrifying Reactions to Environmental Destruction in  Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) Thumbnail

Eco-Minded Monsters: Horrifying Reactions to Environmental Destruction in Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Posted by Christopher Scott on November 02, 2015 in Blog, Christopher Scott tagged with , , , , , ,

With another Halloween season come and gone, I cannot help but recall youthful memories of the anticipation that always preceded the last day of October.  Macabre house and lawn decorations, pumpkins, and seemingly ubiquitous hues of black and orange saturated neighborhoods while eager children counted the days before they could transform into their favorite monsters for a night.  Yet out of all the preparations, those that contributed the most to the overall ambience—at least for me—were the horror productions that dominated television channels.  Such horror “classics” as Univer