Review: Contemporary Women’s Gothic Fiction (Palgrave Gothic Series) Thumbnail

Review: Contemporary Women’s Gothic Fiction (Palgrave Gothic Series)

Posted by Donna Mitchell on February 05, 2017 in Blog, Donna Mitchell, Reviews tagged with , , , , , , , , , , ,

Contemporary Women’s Gothic Fiction Gina Wisker Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-137-30348-6 Reviewed by Donna Mitchell In the introduction to her latest monograph, Gina Wisker defines contemporary women’s Gothic writing as the ‘subversive granddaughter of eighteenth-century Gothic fiction’ (Wisker 27) due to its ability to mix horror and fantasy, liberate forbidden desires, and expose repressed or hidden secrets from the past. Her study brings attention to the many essential links between feminist perspectives / critiques and contemporary women’s Gothic writi

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Review: Horror: A Literary History

Posted by Carly Stevenson on January 21, 2017 in Blog, Carly Stevenson, Reviews tagged with , , , ,

According to Reyes, the ‘transmedial, transhistorical and marketable genre’ (p.8) of horror is ‘largely defined by its affective pretences’ (p.7). That is to say, horror is inextricably bound up with the sense of disgust, fear and shock experienced by the reader. This is where horror diverges from its bedfellow terror. As the first two chapters of this book elucidate, the terms horror and terror were used interchangeably in seminal Gothic documents such as Edmund Burke’s A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, Anna Laetitia Aikin’s ‘On

CfP: Tropical Liminal: Urban Vampires in eTropic Thumbnail

CfP: Tropical Liminal: Urban Vampires in eTropic

Posted by Timothy Jones on January 12, 2017 in Uncategorized tagged with , ,

CALL FOR PAPERS: Tropical Liminal: Urban Vampires (and other blood sucking monstrosities)     Special Issue Volume 16, Issue 1, 2017   Submission deadline: 28 February 2017     TROPICAL LIMINAL: URBAN VAMPIRES (and other blood sucking monstrosities)   The vampire and other monstrous beings constitute some of the most famous myths and stories that continue to haunt contemporary society. This special issue examines the presence of these beings within cities of the tropics and sub-tropics – from New Orleans in the deep south of Ameri

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Review: Danel Olson’s Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth: Studies in the Horror Film

Posted by Timothy Jones on January 11, 2017 in Uncategorized tagged with , , ,

Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth: Studies in the Horror Film, edited by Danel Olson. Publisher: Centipede Press (2016). ISBN 978 1 61347 101 2 (paperback).   Review by Ann Davies   Danel Olson’s new edited volume offers a compendium on the two Spanish-language horror/fantasy classics by Guillermo del Toro, The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth. Beautifully produced, with a wealth of illustrations, it also contains not only academic essays on the two films but interviews with a good range of cast and crew involved in the two prod

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CfP: FORUM on the Taboo

Posted by Timothy Jones on December 16, 2016 in Uncategorized tagged with

FORUM Call for Papers, Issue 24: Taboo   Taboo permeates all aspects of everyday life, acting as the boundary against which society polices human experience and experimentation. Frequently characterised as social or religious customs that proscribe particular ideas, practices, words or persons, taboos not only help define a set of shared rules for society, but also clarify the limitations of the accepted.   Kelly Hurley highlights the positive facets of taboo, suggesting that it is only through the enforcement of certain boundaries that humans might “continue to experience th

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Official Launch of The Irish Network for Gothic Studies (INGS)

Posted by Donna Mitchell on December 15, 2016 in Blog, Donna Mitchell, News tagged with

The Irish Network for Gothic Studies (INGS): Official Launch Event, Trinity College Dublin, January 21st 2017. The Irish Network for Gothic Studies (INGS) is a new collective of Irish-based scholars working on all aspects of the gothic and the horror genres. Members can focus on topics from any time period, whether produced in Ireland or elsewhere, including literature, film, television, new media, the visual arts, the fine arts, archival research, music, and history. The network will be formally launched in the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, on Saturday, January 21st 2017, with

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CfP Reminder: International Gothic Association Conference 2017

Posted by Timothy Jones on December 02, 2016 in Uncategorized tagged with , ,

A reminder that the submissions are due for the coming IGA Conference on Friday 16 December. Here's the link: https://igamexico2017.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/

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CfP: New Zealand Gothic

Posted by Timothy Jones on November 08, 2016 in Uncategorized tagged with , ,

Call for Papers   Special Gothic Edition of the Journal of New Zealand Literature   Guest Editor: Dr Erin Mercer The Journal of New Zealand Literature (JNZL) is the only international, fully peer-reviewed journal devoted to New Zealand literary studies. In 2017, JNZL will publish a special edition devoted to Gothic and it welcomes the submission of papers (4000-5000 words) on any aspect of the Gothic as it relates to New Zealand literature. Topics can include, but are not limited to: Haunting and spectrality Domestic Gothic Rural Gothic Monsters and the monstrous The Uncanny Mem

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CfP: Arthur Rackham in Sussex

Posted by Timothy Jones on November 04, 2016 in Uncategorized tagged with

This CfP might be of interest - Rackham provided some marvellous illustrations for Poe, amongst so many others.   Call for Papers: Arthur Rackham in Sussex on his 150th birthday Deadline 31 March 2017 Symposium Saturday 16/9/2017 at the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tale and Fantasy, University of Chichester.   ‘I can only say that I firmly believe in the greatest, stimulating and educative power of imaginative, fantastic, and playful pictures and writings for children in their most impressionable years.’ (Rackham, 1934)   19 September 2017 marks the 1

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CfP – Gothic Modernisms Conference

Posted by Timothy Jones on November 02, 2016 in Uncategorized tagged with , ,

Gothic Modernisms – Call for Papers 29 & 30 June, 2017, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, NL   Organized by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University; the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture, in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum, the Ateneum Art Museum / Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, and Radboud University, Nijmegen.   Confirmed keynote speaker: Prof. Elizabeth Emery (Montclair State University, US)   The ‘Gothic’ has permeated visual and cultural ideas and practices of modernity. Yet the presence of a ‘Gothic Modernity’ or Gothic M