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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, rx “even in circumstances in which other students, drugs parents, cialis 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

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, physician 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 fo

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, viagra buy 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 b

‘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, for sale 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, th

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, store 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 exc

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, price 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, patient 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 t

Company of Wolves, 3rd-5th September 2015 Thumbnail

Company of Wolves, 3rd-5th September 2015

Posted by Kaja Franck on July 28, 2015 in Guest Blog, Kaja Franck, News tagged with , , , , , ,

In Glen Duncan's The Last Werewolf (2011), one of the characters states that 'Werewolves are not a subject for the academe'. Though this is a little sobering if you are undertaking a PhD on werewolves, I'd suggest that the past few years have shown that this is not the case. Leslie Sconduto's Metamorphoses of the Werewolf (2008) has given a classical depth to the study of lycanthropy in literature whilst Sky's Penny Dreadful (2014-) has made their sole American character, the lupine Ethan Chandler, into a twisted version of Stoker's Quincey Morris from Dracula (1887). With werewolves