Archive of Dale Townshend

has written 316 articles on The Gothic Imagination.

I have published widely within the field of Gothic studies, including the monograph _The Orders of Gothic: Foucault, Lacan, and the Subject of Gothic Writing, 1764-1820_ (AMS, 2007); _Gothic Shakespeares_ (with John Drakakis; Routeldge, 2008); _Macbeth: A Critical Reader_ (with John Drakakis; Bloomsbury, 2014); _The Gothic World_ (with Glennis Byron; Routledge, 2014); _Ann Radcliffe, Romanticism and the Gothic_ (with Angela Wright; Cambridge University Press, 2014); and _Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination_ (British Library, 2014). The latter arises out of my involvement, as academic advisor, on the major exhibition of that name at the British Library (October 2014-January 2015). Forthcoming publications include _Romantic Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion_ (with Angela Wright; EUP, forthcoming 2015) and _Writing Britain's Ruins, 1700--1850_ (with Michael Carter and Peter Lindfield; contracted to British Library Publishing, forthcoming 2017). My current monograph project, _Gothic Antiquity: History, Romance and the Architectural Imagination, 1760–1840, seeks to provide a sustained critical account of the complex but hitherto relatively unexplored relationship between literary texts and architectural structures in British Romantic-era writing.

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FREE GOTHIC MOOC: Reminder

Posted by Dale Townshend on February 19, 2016 in News tagged with

Remember to register before 29 February. For registration details, watch the trailer here.

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The Enchantress of Words, Sounds and Images: Anniversary Essays on Ann Radcliffe

Posted by Dale Townshend on July 02, 2015 in News tagged with

The Enchantress of Words, Sounds and Images: Anniversary Essays on Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823) Edited by Jakub Lipski and Jacek Mydla Publisher: Academica Press, LLC Box 60728 Cambridge Station Palo Alto, CA 94306 (650) 329-0685 http://www.academicapress.com/node/240 From the Foreword by Angela Wright: 2014, the 250th birthday of Ann Radcliffe, thankfully witnessed a renewed attention to her major achievements in the literary arena. An international conference devoted to her, a prominent place accorded to her in the British Library’s exhibition ‘Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagina

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New Publication – Ann Radcliffe’s Observations during a Tour to the Lakes

Posted by Dale Townshend on March 26, 2015 in News tagged with

Ann Radcliffe’s Observations during a Tour to the Lakes of Lancashire, Westmoreland, and Cumberland, edited by Penny Bradshaw (Bookcase: Carlisle, 2014). In 1794 the Gothic novelist, Ann Radcliffe, set out on a tour of the Lake District and the following year she published an account of her experience as Observations during a Tour to the Lakes. This account of the Lakes is shaped by Radcliffe’s distinctive literary style and imaginative perspectives as well as by the turbulent political climate of these years, and represents an important stepping-stone in the journey from picturesqu

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Gothic Sunshine: Spanish film and the creep factor of the full light of day

Posted by Dale Townshend on March 06, 2015 in Blog tagged with ,

By Ann Davies, University of Stirling The Gothic mode is noted for its chill factor – and is therefore unsurprisingly antithetical to sunlight. Among the many familiar characteristics of Gothic style are greyness, mist and cold: when the sun does appear it is often labelled weak or sickly, countering the usual association of the sun with warmth and health and suggesting a malaise in the environment in which the story is set. Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that nowadays the Gothic is not readily associated with Spain, which suffers from its own clichés, notably being over-endowed with su

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Review by Danel Olson: The American Imperial Gothic: Popular Culture, Empire, Violence.

Posted by Dale Townshend on March 02, 2015 in Reviews tagged with

The American Imperial Gothic: Popular Culture, Empire, Violence by Johan Hoglund (Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2014). 211pp. ISBN 9781409449546, hardback. Reviewed by Danel Olson Coming one year after his impressive anthology edited with Tabish Khair Transnational and Postcolonial Vampires: Dark Blood (Palgrave, 2013) (which featured new chapters from thirteen Gothic authorities from around the world—and a poem from David Punter), Swedish scholar Johan Hoglund’s latest volume narrows its focus from the world to America in eleven enlightening chapters. As with his former co-edited tit

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Review: Moonrise Falling, by Adrian L. Jawort

Posted by Dale Townshend on February 24, 2015 in Reviews tagged with

Moonrise Falling, by Adrian L. Jawort (Billing: Off the Pass Press, 2014) Reviewed by Dr Gennie Dyson The character of the vampire has been used to highlight societal problems since the nineteenth century; during this period, vampires mirrored the fear of the degenerate and the sexual deviant; in the 1980s they became harbingers of plague in a reflection of fears regarding H.I.V and A.I.D.S. The vampire has also been used as a tool to discuss matters of race and prejudice, such as The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez, concerns close to the heart of Adrian L. Jawort’s Moonrise Falling, focu

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CFP: Reading Architecture Across the Arts and Humanities Conference

Posted by Dale Townshend on February 18, 2015 in News tagged with

Reading Architecture Across the Arts and Humanities An AHRC-Funded Interdisciplinary Conference University of Stirling Saturday 5th December 2015 First Call for Papers The organisers of this one-day multidisciplinary conference seek to solicit proposals for 20-minute papers that consider the creation, expression and representation of architecture, architectural space and the built environment from students and scholars working within all subject-areas across the Arts and Humanities. Papers should seek to address the creation, understanding, circulation and cultural impact of both real

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PhD Studentship: Literature and Architecture, 1700–1850

Posted by Dale Townshend on February 08, 2015 in News tagged with

UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING SCHOOL OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES LITERATURE AND LANGUAGES FULLY-FUNDED DOCTORAL STUDENTSHIP: Literature and Architecture, 1700—1850. The School of Arts and Humanities is pleased to invite applications for this three-year, fully-funded PhD Studentship (fees and subsistence at current AHRC UK/EU rates). Funded by the University of Stirling, this studentship is designed to complement an AHRC Leadership Project entitled ‘Writing Britain’s Ruins, 1700-1850: The Architectural Imagination’. Led by Dale Townshend, and supported by post-Doctoral Fellow Dr Peter Lin

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‘Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination’ at the British LIbrary

Posted by Dale Townshend on October 29, 2014 in Uncategorized tagged with

Terror and Wonder, the UK’s largest exhibition of Gothic literature, opens at the British Library Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination runs from 3 October 2014 to 20 January 2015 Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination opens at the British Library exploring Gothic culture’s roots in British literature and celebrating 250 years since the publication of the first Gothic novel. Alongside the manuscripts of classic novels such as Frankenstein, Dracula and Jane Eyre, the exhibition brings the dark and macabre to life with artefacts, old and new. Highlights of the exhibition incl