Forthcoming Gothic books

Posted by Glennis Byron on July 19, 2011 in News tagged with

Here’s a few books forthcoming in the next year to look forward to. All descriptions from Offers of reviews from suitably qualified postgraduates very welcome.

Justin Edwards and Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet, The Gothic in Contemporary Literature and Culture: Popgoth. Routledge, forthcoming February 2012.

Looking at the Gothic and popular culture, this volume interrogates Gothic cultural manifestations from the first decade of this millennium and considers the fact that cultural productions associated with the gothic continue to thrive in popularity. Although it has always been associated with the popular, the Gothic in contemporary consumer culture contravenes the borders of genre, form, and media, having been commodified in all forms of cultural production: TV, young-adult novels, popular music, big-budget movies, and beyond. This interdisciplinary collection of essays by world leaders in Gothic Studies offers dynamic new readings of a diverse range of popular Gothic cultural productions, covering topics such as contemporary High Street Goth/ic fashion, Gothic performance and fan cultures, Gothic popular fiction from Twilight to Shadow of the Wind, Goth/ic popular music, on-line communities, Goth/ics on TV and film, as well as new theorizations of pop goth monsters (from zombies and vampires to werewolves and ghosts) in an age of terror/ism. Essays explore the fact that if the Gothic monster once served as a trope for racial, sexual, or cultural Otherness, then the ubiquity of the Gothic figure in contemporary popular culture breaks down conventional conceptions of human and monster, self and Other. In the 21st century, the Gothic is not just an aesthetic, textual, or visual form, but it is also something that is acted out, lived, and performed.

Joanne Watkiss, Gothic Contemporaries:The Haunted Text, University of Wales Press, forthcoming February 2012.To be reviewed by Laura Kremmel, Lehigh University.

This book is the first of its kind to align selected 21st century fiction with a revised understanding of the gothic. Through close reading, the author demonstrates how 21st century novels are reworking traditional ghost stories of the past. Themes explored are the links between memory and haunting; the architectural function of language; the uncanniness of writing; the Law and its associations with mortgage, death and hospitality; the poison of inherited lineage; the position of thresholds and traces of violence within space.

David Punter, ed. A New Companion to the Gothic. Blackwell, forthcoming January 2012.

The thoroughly expanded and updated New Companion to the Gothic provides a series of stimulating insights into Gothic writing, its history and genealogy. The addition of 12 new essays and a section on ‘Global Gothic’ reflects the direction Gothic criticism has taken over the last decade.

  • A new edition of this standard reference work for scholars and students of Gothic
  • Now includes 12 new essays and a new section on ‘Global Gothic’, providing the most up–to–date coverage of the field
  • Many of the original essays have been revised to reflect current debates
  • Offers comprehensive coverage of criticism of the Gothic and of the various theoretical approaches it has inspired and spawned
  • Features important and original essays by leading scholars in the field
  • The editor is widely recognized as the founder of modern criticism of the Gothic

Hilary Grimes, The Late Victorian Gothic, Ashgate, forthcoming September 2011.

Examining the automatic writing of the spiritualist seances, discursive technologies like the telegraph and the photograph, various genres and late nineteenth-century mental science, this book shows the failure of writers’ attempts to use technology as a way of translating the supernatural at the fin de siecle. Hilary Grimes shows that both new technology and explorations into the ghostly aspects of the mind made agency problematic. When notions of agency are suspended, Grimes argues, authorship itself becomes uncanny. Grimes’ study is distinct in both recognizing and crossing strict boundaries to suggest that Gothic literature itself resists categorization, not only between literary periods, but also between genres. Treating a wide range of authors – Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle, George Du Maurier, Vernon Lee, Mary Louisa Molesworth, Sarah Grand, and George Paston – Grimes shows how fin-de-siecle works negotiate themes associated with the Victorian and Modernist periods such as psychical research, mass marketing, and new technologies. With particular attention to texts that are not placed within the Gothic genre, but which nevertheless conceal Gothic themes, “The Late Victorian Gothic” demonstrates that the end of the nineteenth century produced a Gothicism specific to the period.

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