Archive of Timothy Jones

has written 32 articles on The Gothic Imagination.

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Sex in the Slaughterhouse: Sexual Repression and Meat in Sydney Bridge Upside Down

Posted by Timothy Jones on May 09, 2018 in Uncategorized tagged with , , ,

By Edith Paton In Whole Men: The Masculine Tradition in New Zealand Literature, Kai Jensen asserts that ‘The male body seems a straightforward physical entity, yet literature may filter perceptions even here. Size, strength and […] sexual vigour tend to be attributes of the ideal New Zealand man’ and ‘[b]oys are said to feel social pressure to enlarge and strengthen their bodies.’ [1]  This understanding of New Zealand masculinity and how it is conflated with the physical body is crucial to Ballantyne’s novel.  A novel not only concerned with sexual maturation and masculinity,

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A Narrative of Repression: Tracing Origin in David Ballantyne’s Sydney Bridge Upside Down

Posted by Timothy Jones on April 18, 2018 in Uncategorized tagged with ,

A Narrative of Repression: Tracing Origin in David Ballantyne’s Sydney Bridge Upside Down By Edith Paton The setting is Calliope Bay, an isolated town on the edge of New Zealand with an abandoned slaughterhouse looming on the outskirts. The residents are seen only through the eyes of a troubled narrator, an adolescent killer who tries to both navigate and conceal the intentions of both himself and those around him.  By leading the reader on a labyrinthine trail through a summer of secrecy, sex and murder, Ballantyne’s narrator acts as a means of repressing the truth, obfuscating ori

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CfP: Gothic Pasts, Gothic Futures

Posted by Timothy Jones on April 12, 2018 in Uncategorized tagged with , ,

Very excited to announce a CfP for this event at Stirling - celebrating thirty years of the Gothic Imagination programme! Call for Papers: Gothic Pasts, Gothic Futures: A Symposium Celebrating 30 Years of Gothic Studies at the University of Stirling Friday 26 October 2018, University of Stirling   Gothic Studies at the University of Stirling is celebrating its 30th anniversary. To mark the occasion, we are holding a symposium that explores the Gothic, the past and the future, as part of a programme of Gothic events in 2018-19. We live in Gothic times. The past, critic

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CFP: The Fates of Frankenstein

Posted by Timothy Jones on April 12, 2018 in Uncategorized tagged with ,

Conference: The Fates of Frankenstein 23-24 November 2018, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh 2018 sees a flourishing crop of events commemorating, one way or another, the bicentenary of Frankenstein’s publication. The Fates of Frankenstein is a two-day conference about adaptations and appropriations of Shelley’s novel. The fate of Frankenstein and his monstrous creation has been to outlive their original context. Indeed, Frankenstein almost immediately escaped its book covers into Richard Brinsley Peake’s 1823 stage adaptation, Presumption; or, the Fate of Frankenstein. Two hund

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Aaron Worth on Machen’s Gothic Transmutations

Posted by Timothy Jones on April 11, 2018 in Uncategorized tagged with ,

Last month, I had the opportunity to speak with novelist Phil Rickman as part of his BBC Radio Wales book programme, in an episode titled ‘Can horror fiction return from the dead?’. Its theme, as the title suggests, was horror’s sudden decline in popularity after the boom of the 1980s—a grisly case of ‘genre-cide,’ as Phil put it—as well as its future prospects for revivification. After an interview with Owen King—whose collaboration with his famous father (Sleeping Beauties) was in the end summed up as ‘occasionally a bit scary...but not horror’—Phil spoke with a pair of

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Gothic Reading Group

Posted by Timothy Jones on February 12, 2018 in Uncategorized tagged with

You're all invited to the forthcoming installment of Stirling's Gothic reading group! Organised by our postgrads, this is always a good night. This time it's Susan Hill's new collection, The Travelling Bag. Details on the image above.    

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Gothic Studies seeks New Editor

Posted by Timothy Jones on January 08, 2018 in Uncategorized tagged with ,

  Gothic Studies is looking for a new editor. Details here: http://www.internationalgothic.group.shef.ac.uk/?p=429

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Review: IGA 2017

Posted by Timothy Jones on October 02, 2017 in Uncategorized tagged with , , ,

A Review of the 13th Biennial Conference of the International Gothic Association: Gothic Traditions and Departures Co-authored by Harriet Fletcher and Sophie Raine   In July of this year, we had the privilege of attending the 13th Biennial IGA conference held at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) in Cholula, Mexico. The conference exceeded all of our expectations in terms of academic engagement, innovative research, and support from the IGA community as a whole.   Opening Ceremony and Wine Reception The first day began with the opening addresses from t

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Review: The Gothic in Text Matters

Posted by Timothy Jones on October 02, 2017 in Uncategorized tagged with ,

Text Matters, A Journal of Literature Theory and Culture, Gothic Matters, (Łódź: Łódź University Press, No. 6, 2016) Review by Stuart Lindsay In which ways today does the Gothic matter? Gothic matters is the central issue of the collection of essays in this, most recent, issue of Text Matters, edited by Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet. Its authors are concerned with both definitions of Gothic matters: firstly, its diverse content, and its proliferation across and cross-pollination with other literary genres, styles, cultures, and contemporary social contexts; secondly, as Monnet writes i