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Gaston de Blondeville – Review

Posted by Holly Hirst on February 05, 2016 in Blog, Holly Hirst, Reviews tagged with , , ,

  Gaston de Blondeville (1826) was the last of Radcliffe’s novels and remains, arguably, the least famous.  It was allowed to slip quietly and quickly into obscurity at the time and has never since emerged. It is not hard to see why. The lengthy descriptions of natural situations in her earlier work, however they may pall on the modern reader, were regarded by many of her contemporaries as the apotheosis of the pathetic art of producing the sublime.  Not so the equally long, and infinitely more tedious, descriptions of court life with which they are replaced in this last work. The

Southern Gothic: A Traumatic Haunting Thumbnail

Southern Gothic: A Traumatic Haunting

Posted by Ann Bradley on February 05, 2016 in Ann Bradley, Blog tagged with , , , ,

Gothic literature in all of its permutations connects with the anxieties of the time, reflecting fears in the form of haunting. Southern Gothic is no exception. Just as traditional Gothic texts point out hypocrisies of religious systems or the like, American Gothic novels note the injustices of the region in which they are set. “The old antebellum South was nothing but myth, and its narrative of a supposedly halcyon past concealed all manner of social, familial and of course racial denials and suppressions […] Southern Gothic set to work by exposing their abuses and silences” (Walsh

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The Prosthetic Work of Horror: by Kate Griffiths

Posted by Matt Foley on February 05, 2016 in Blog, Guest Blog tagged with , , , , ,

The Prosthetic Work of Horror A Guest Blog by make-up artist Kate Griffiths There are some graphic images in this post, but they are all make-ups!   So I’ve been asked to write a blog for you guys and, although I write a regular blog for my own site letting readers know what I’ve been up to, I have no idea what you’d like to see on here so I’m just going to go ahead and introduce myself, tell you a little bit of what I do for a living and we’ll take it from there, but first, just to whet your appetite, here’s something I made in my kitchen earlier just for a bit of fu

Public Lecture Series at Strawberry Hill: May–June 2016 Thumbnail

Public Lecture Series at Strawberry Hill: May–June 2016

Posted by Peter Lindfield on February 01, 2016 in Blog, News, Peter Lindfield tagged with , , , , , ,

One of the most atmospheric public-engagement activities associated with the AHRC-funded research project based here at Silting, Writing Britain’s Ruins, 1700–1850: The Architectural Imagination, is a public lecture series. The six lectures, detailed below, will take place in the largest and most imposing room in Horace Walpole's 'Little Gothic Castle', Strawberry Hill, Twickenham (TW1 4ST) — the Gallery, or State Apartment. Although now mostly devoid of its tirelessly curated collection of paintings and objects, as recorded here in a watercolour (1781) by Thomas Sandby, this lectu

CfP: Special Issue on Horace Walpole Thumbnail

CfP: Special Issue on Horace Walpole

Posted by Matt Foley on January 29, 2016 in Blog tagged with , ,

“Horace Walpole” Image [&] Narrative Special Tercentenary Issue, Sept. 2017 Ed.  Jakub Lipski, Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz Image [&] Narrative is seeking papers for a special tercentenary issue devoted to the work of Horace Walpole (1717-1797). Articles covering all aspects of Walpole’s literary career are welcome, though preference will be given to those focusing on the correspondences between word and image. Possible topics may include: - narrative functions of images in Walpole’s work - Gothic imagery in The Castle of Otranto and The Mysterious

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Reminder: Re-Imagining the Gothic abstract deadline

Posted by Matt Foley on January 27, 2016 in Blog, News tagged with , , , ,

Reimagining the Gothic 2016: Monsters and Monstrosities A reminder to our readers that the abstract deadlines for the one-day academic symposium and showcase Reimagining the Gothic: Monsters and Monstrosities are coming upon us. The organisers at Sheffield are particularly keen to hear from those who wish to contribute to the creative strand of the programme as well as to the academic symposium. While the deadline for proposals for academic papers is 8th February 2016, the creative CfP, reproduced below, asks for submissions by March 7th.  Creative CfP As part of a two day long eve

MOOC: The Gothic Revival, 1700–1850: Interdisciplinary Perspectives Thumbnail

MOOC: The Gothic Revival, 1700–1850: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Posted by Peter Lindfield on January 21, 2016 in Blog, News, Peter Lindfield tagged with ,

We’re delighted to announce our Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), The Gothic Revival, 1700–1850: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Commencing on Monday 29 February 2016, this six-week course offers an exciting and intensive exploration of the Gothic aesthetic in British culture of the long eighteenth century. Particular topics of focus include the numerous meanings of the term ‘Gothic’ in the period, Gothic history and historiography, Gothic literature, architecture, interiors and visual art.  Intended as an accessible introduction to the rich and varied field of Gothic studies, t

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Registration Open: M. R. James Conference, 19th March

Posted by Matt Foley on January 13, 2016 in Blog tagged with ,

Registration is now open for the one-day M.R. James conference 'Haunted Studies: The Ghost Stories of M. R. James', which takes place in Leeds on the 19th March. The fascinating programme for the day can be found here.   Please see the conference website below for registration details: https://mrjconference.wordpress.com/registration-2/

CfP: Gothic short stories for ‘Temporal Discombobulations’ collection Thumbnail

CfP: Gothic short stories for ‘Temporal Discombobulations’ collection

Posted by Matt Foley on January 11, 2016 in Blog, News tagged with , , , , ,

Call For Fiction: Gothic And Time More information: https://temporaldiscombobulations.wordpress.com/call-for-submissions-short-fiction-anthology/   Call for short works of fiction for the digital anthology Temporal Discombobulations. Temporal Discombobulations calls for original contemporary fiction that pays homage to the Gothic with ‘time’ as the theme. The Gothic experience is one founded in time. A past that will not or cannot die, multiple presents that can never resolved, or infinite futures that can never be realized, the Gothic speaks of a temporal excess that

‘The stage is set, the curtain rises… we are ready to begin’: BBC’s Sherlock Special ‘The Abominable Bride’, 19th-Century Theatre and the Gothic Thumbnail

‘The stage is set, the curtain rises… we are ready to begin’: BBC’s Sherlock Special ‘The Abominable Bride’, 19th-Century Theatre and the Gothic

Posted by Sarah A. Winter on January 09, 2016 in Blog tagged with , , , , , ,

(Many plot spoilers ‘afoot’)   My last blog looked into how Victorian theatre was imagined in the first season of Sky’s Penny Dreadful. After viewing BBC’s Sherlock one-off special episode ‘The Abominable Bride’ (2016), I was very interested in how, like Penny Dreadful, the Victorian theatre world was re-created in contemporary entertainment. Along with the incorporation of theatrical terms and techniques, I was also struck by how intricately the writers and production team deployed the Gothic. Instead of solely providing the dark setting and narrative, the mode’s germ