Gothic Manchester 2014

Posted by Xavier Aldana Reyes on October 21, 2014 in News tagged with , , ,

Following the phenomenal success of the Gothic Manchester Festival 2013, which launched the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies, the city-wide festival is back with a new programme of events and activities designed to showcase MMU’s academic expertise in the gothic and foreground Manchester’s rich vein of gothic talent. Included in this festival of the macabre and fantastical are readings from authors working on the gothic dimensions of austerity politics, tours of the John Rylands Library and of the gothic splendours of the city and author Rosie Garland reading from both of her novels and discussing her alternative life as Goth icon Rosie Lugosi.  As if this were not already a surfeit of transgressive pleasure, there is also have a vampire-themed pub quiz, a phantasmagoric lantern display and film screening, and the local steampunk community will join MMU for a day of retro-tech delights, including a costumed tour of the Museum of Science and Industry’s Steam Hall.  If you delight in the darkness, you are sure to find something here to sink your teeth into!

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Programme of events:

Thursday 23rd October 2014:

Gothic Curiosity Shop

Gothic Romance and the Phantasmagorical

Friday 24th October 2014:

Twisted Tales of Austerity

What is This Thing Called Steampunk?

Memento Moriatas


Saturday 25th October

Gothic Spaces/Gothic Places Festival Conference and wine reception, including papers by gothic researchers at MMU and guest papers from leading gothic scholars such as Dale Townshend, Andrew Smith, Catherine Spooner, Sue Chaplin and Claire Nally.

Sunday 26th October 2014:

Gothic Manchester Tour

Rosie Garland

John Rylands Tour

Monstrous Manchester Tour

Fang Cafe

Weds 23rd – Sun 26th:
Aerial Burglars of Cottonopolis

Convened by Dr Linnie Blake

Dr Linnie Blake is Principal Lecturer in Film in the Department of English, Director of The Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies and Pathway Leader for the MA English Studies – The Gothic.  Her work on literary, filmic and televisual texts ranges across genres, national cultures and historical periods. She has published widely on topics as various as seventeenth century Puritanism and zombie apocalypticism, Edgar Allan Poe and the Situationist International, Hillbilly Horror and Post 9/11 Republicanism, Japanese and Thai horror cinema and the contemporary Gothic box set. She is the author of The Wounds of Nations: Horror Cinema, Historical Trauma and National Identity (Manchester: MUP, 2008) and is working on a second monograph: Gothic Television in a Neoliberal Age as well as an edited collection – Neoliberal Gothic (for Manchester University Press) and a Contemporary Horror Reader (for Edinburgh University Press).

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