2015 December

A Gothic symbol of welcome, or wealth Thumbnail

A Gothic symbol of welcome, or wealth

Posted by Peter Lindfield on December 17, 2015 in Blog, Peter Lindfield tagged with , , , ,

The pineapple is thought to have been discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 in the Caribbean. In Georgian Britain the fruit was a symbol of wealth — given the expense needed to import or grow it — and the fruit’s distinctive form was placed at the entrances to estates. Its importance as a centrepiece in this regard is ably illustrated by Charles Williams' The cabinet dinner, or, A political meeting : an illustrious way of enjoying a friend (1804). Probably the most spectacular, though little known, example of a pineapple’s use to articulate breeding (pedigree), wealth an

Dances of the dead: the victims’ ball, Gothic fashion and entertainment of late 18th century France Thumbnail

Dances of the dead: the victims’ ball, Gothic fashion and entertainment of late 18th century France

Posted by Fanny Lacôte on December 15, 2015 in Blog, Fanny Lacôte tagged with , , , , ,

Parisian society after the Terror The 27th of July 1794, a.k.a. 9 Thermidor: Maximilien de Robespierre is arrested. The blade of the guillotine falling on his neck symbolises the end of the Terror in post-revolutionary France. As the prisons open their gates to release the prisoners awaiting the guillotine, French people start to breathe again, and thus, they start to dance in celebration of life. Contemporary accounts relate the bloom of numerous dancing societies. As the Goncourt brothers have written in their history of French society under the Directory, “la France danse”, “Fra

CfP: The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies 2016 Thumbnail

CfP: The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies 2016

Posted by Matt Foley on December 10, 2015 in Blog, News tagged with , , ,

The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies is currently seeking submissions for Issue #15, ed to be published in late Summer 2016.   The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies is an annual, scholarly, peer-reviewed, open-access journal focusing on all aspects of the gothic and horror genres. Article submissions should be 5-7000 words and must follow the MHRA style guide. Reviews of fiction, scholarly books, films, television programmes, conferences, and new-media texts, as well as relevant interviews, should be no more than 1000 words in length.   Article Deadline: 1st Marc

McGrath Symposium: Registration & Schedule Thumbnail

McGrath Symposium: Registration & Schedule

Posted by Matt Foley on December 03, 2015 in Blog, McGrath Symposium tagged with , , , , , ,

‘Asylums, Pathologies and the Themes of Madness: Patrick McGrath and His Gothic Contemporaries’ With Support from the International Gothic Association and The Wellcome Trust Saturday January 16th University of Stirling Library, Andrew Miller Building, University of Stirling Symposium Schedule Register Now: http://shop.stir.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=8&catid=20&prodid=34   08.45 – 09.30: Registration and Coffee (Atrium)   09.30 – 10.30: Opening Plenary (Library, Level 3, Enterprise Zone, Room 1/2) Professor Sue Zlosnik