Gothic Study Day at Lancaster University

Posted by Glennis Byron on May 12, 2011 in News tagged with ,

Rethinking Contemporary Gothic: An Interdisciplinary Study Day

Friday 3 June 2011

Dr Catherine Spooner has set up a Gothic Study day at Lancaster, and there are a few spaces left for postgraduates who may be interested in attending. Registration is free, open to all and includes lunch and refreshments, but places are limited so please book early. Contact Dr Catherine Spooner ( to request a place.

This study day aims to showcase some of the research currently being conducted on contemporary Gothic at Lancaster, with the intention of opening up new avenues for exploration and discussion.


11am: Introduction Dr. Catherine Spooner (English) and Keynote

Dr. Brian Baker (English): ‘The Angels and the Damned: David Peace’s Red Riding Quartet’

12.00: Panel 1: Locating Contemporary Gothic:  Spaces, Sites and Nations

Chair: David McWilliam

  • Enrique Ajuria Ibarra (LICA): ‘Permanent Hauntings: Spectral Fantasies and National Trauma in Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone
  • Sarah Post (Eng&CW): ‘“Sites of Untold Violence”: Trauma Gothic and the Creation of Postcolonial England’
  • Alan Gregory (Eng&CW): ‘Paradise Restored: Psychological Reconstructions of the Edenic Space in Thomas Harris’ Hannibal

1.30: Lunch

2.15: Panel 2: From Humour to Horror: New Gothic Directions

Chair: Stephen Curtis

  • Malgorzata Drewniok (Linguistics): ‘“I hate being obvious. All fangy and ‘grr!’ Takes the mystery out”: Vampire Humour and Sarcasm in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Eleanor Beal (Eng&CW): ‘“Torture the women!”: Female martyrdom and religious violence  in Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs
  • Xavier Aldana Reyes (Eng&CW): ‘“Snuff” is Enough: Corporeal Liminality in Contemporary Horror’

3.45: Coffee

4.15: Keynote

Professor Fred Botting (School of Humanities, Kingston University): ‘Love Your Zombie’

5.30 – 6.00: Round table discussion

Chair: Dr Catherine Spooner (Eng&CW)

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