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All hail Final Girls! Review of The Monster (2016, Bertino) Thumbnail

All hail Final Girls! Review of The Monster (2016, Bertino)

Posted by Tanja Jurković on May 26, 2017 in Reviews, Tanja Jurkovic tagged with

  Usually when I need some sort of inspiration, I find a list of movies and randomly choose one based on the movie’s cover. I am using that somewhat overrated approach: if the cover looks good then it must be good! Of course, that is not always the case. Nevertheless, in the case of The Monster (2016, Bertino), it was. It was good. And quite enjoyable.  The film starts with a story of a divorced young mother (Zoe Kezino) and her preadolescent daughter (Ella Ballentine), who seems to have all the bad luck in her young life. She is not a child, she is forced

The Battle Hymn of the Bathroom: What a Gothic Reading of Julia Ward Howe’s The Hermaphrodite Can Teach Us about Contemporary Trans Panic Thumbnail

The Battle Hymn of the Bathroom: What a Gothic Reading of Julia Ward Howe’s The Hermaphrodite Can Teach Us about Contemporary Trans Panic

Posted by Heather Barrett on June 03, 2016 in Guest Blog tagged with , , ,

The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education recently released joint guidelines to protect the rights of transgender students throughout the nation’s schools, “even in circumstances in which other students, parents, or community members raise objections or concerns” (2). These federal guidelines respond to several state laws that require individuals to use public facilities consistent with their sex designated at birth rather than their current gender identity. Advocates of these laws also emphasize protection, arguing that they seek to shield women and children from being preyed

The Prosthetic Work of Horror: by Kate Griffiths Thumbnail

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, drugs 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 o

Cave on Stage: Transmogrification and Connection in the Live Performance Thumbnail

Cave on Stage: Transmogrification and Connection in the Live Performance

Posted by Finn Daniels-Yeomans on October 13, 2015 in Blog, Finn Daniels-Yeomans tagged with , , , , , , ,

In his live performances Cave adopts a transgressive stage presence that encapsulates the category fluidity, generic inconsistency and boundary crossing that is central to his musical project as a whole. The live performance is ‘transformative’, Cave states in interview; it is a situation in which he changes, mutates and becomes the various elements – characters, emotions, sensations – that make up his irrational musical world. In this, the final post in my series, I want to explore the sense in which this becoming-strange that characterises Cave’s performance persona both admit

‘It  is just rock ‘n roll, oh but it gets right down to your soul’: Gothic and Duende in Push the Sky Away Thumbnail

‘It is just rock ‘n roll, oh but it gets right down to your soul’: Gothic and Duende in Push the Sky Away

Posted by Finn Daniels-Yeomans on September 30, 2015 in Blog, Finn Daniels-Yeomans tagged with , , , , ,

In the previous blog, I outlined the extent to which within Nick Cave’s cultural output there exists a fundamental fascination with Gothic transgression, with the overstepping and breaking down of the conventional socio-cultural boundaries that hold our worlds in shape. This impulse manifests itself not only through Cave’s creation of a world where bounded divisions have begun to crumble, but more so in his attempt to immerse his listeners into this world through the collapsing of the boundary between the music and themselves. It is here that Cave’s music might most productively be c

CFP: ‘Werewolves: Studies in Transformations’ Thumbnail

CFP: ‘Werewolves: Studies in Transformations’

Posted by Kaja Franck on September 30, 2015 in Guest Blog tagged with , , , , ,

I'm delighted to post a CFP for a special issue of Revenant, a journal dedicated to the supernatural. ‘Revenant: Critical and Creative Studies of the Supernatural’ is a peer-reviewed, online journal looking at the supernatural, the uncanny and the weird. Revenant is now accepting articles, creative writing pieces and book, film, game, event or art reviews for a themed issue on werewolves (due Autumn 2016), guest edited by Dr Janine Hatter and Kaja Franck. Werewolves have been a consistent, if side-lined, aspect of supernatural studies. From medieval and Early Modern poetry, through the

Excess, Transgression, Immersion: Nick Cave’s Gothic Encounters Thumbnail

Excess, Transgression, Immersion: Nick Cave’s Gothic Encounters

Posted by Finn Daniels-Yeomans on September 15, 2015 in Blog, Finn Daniels-Yeomans tagged with , , , , , , , , ,

  If ‘Gothic is a writing of excess’ (Botting 1996: 1), if it is characterised by the extreme, the over-the-top, the melodramatic, then this proclivity is not simply a matter of aesthetics, but belies a more fundamental concern with the perforation of those limits that define the appropriate and the acceptable. Gothic’s stylistic excesses, as Fred Botting has argued, are the manifestation of a fascination with transgression, with the overstepping of boundaries that hold our social realities in their conventional shape. It is precisely this dynamic of limit and transgression t

Religious Fears: Fundamentalism and the Gothic Thumbnail

Religious Fears: Fundamentalism and the Gothic

Posted by Eleanor Beal on September 09, 2015 in Blog, Eleanor Beal tagged with

In my previous post, I suggested that one of the ways we may begin to explore a contemporary Gothic theology is through its intersections with post-secular literary theory. The Post-secular addresses the spiritual impulse as it appears to re-emerge from within a capitalist, postmodern, post-Christian culture. Of particular interest is the earnest pursuit and reworking of the spiritual and sacred in late twentieth and early twenty-first century fiction. My attention is focused on the Gothic modes and attributes of this contemporary fiction and with tracing, in a more general sense, the ways i

Event Review: Gothic Showcase at the University of Stirling, 18th July, 2015 Thumbnail

Event Review: Gothic Showcase at the University of Stirling, 18th July, 2015

Posted by Tanja Jurković on August 28, 2015 in Guest Blog, Tanja Jurkovic tagged with , , , , , , , , ,

“More than just a literary or cinematic genre, medicine the lively Gothic mode informs our everyday lives as much as it eerily entertains it. Ghosts, vampires, sublime landscapes and ancient castles are familiar images we love to celebrate during those candlelit hours which provide small comfort before dawn.” Gothic Showcase Website     A month ago, on July 18th 2015, Stirling became a place of an interactive exploratory experience of Gothic literature and culture for the first time, at the University of Stirling. This one - day event of lectures, workshops and exchangi

The Gothic: A theological and metaphysical literature worth exploring….? Thumbnail

The Gothic: A theological and metaphysical literature worth exploring….?

Posted by Eleanor Beal on August 11, 2015 in Blog, Eleanor Beal tagged with

In the coming weeks I am going to examine the concept of a theological Gothic, as recent research has led me down the troublesome path of trying to define how the stylistics, no rx themes and poetics of the Gothic are often shaped by theological argument, if not belief. In particular I am interested in how the Gothic, in both its early and contemporary manifestations, has participated in the integration of orthodox Christian symbols and themes into a form of speculative theology in the public and popular imagination. Feel free to put your two pence in, I would appreciate any thoughts or r