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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

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Vampires at the British Library

Posted by Timothy Jones on August 15, 2016 in Uncategorized tagged with , , ,

Just in time for Halloween, the British Library will be offering a five week course on everybody's favourite creatures of the night: Course dates: Thursdays 27 October and 3, 10, 17, 24 November Times: 18.00 – 20.00   From the BL website: ‘Dearest, your little heart is wounded; think me not cruel because I obey the irresistible law of my strength and weakness’ says Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla to her fascinated victim. Seductive yet repellent, ancient yet new, the vampire is a creature of contradictions – hero, villain

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British Library Gothic course led by Dr Emma McEvoy

Posted by Matt Foley on March 10, 2016 in Blog, News tagged with , , ,

British Library Gothic course led by Dr Emma McEvoy (University of Westminster) Course dates: Tuesdays 5 April, 12 April, 19 April, 26 April and 3 May 2016 Times: 18.00–20.00 Due to its eternal appeal and strong representation within their unique literary collections, the British Library has chosen Gothic as a key subject for its new programme of courses for adult learners. 'From April 5th, Emma McEvoy, of the University of Westminster, will be teaching a five-week course on Gothic, with texts ranging from Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto to Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca.  Cen

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Scary Tales event January 17th at the British Library

Posted by Stephanie Bryant on March 10, 2015 in Guest Blog, Steph Bryant, Uncategorized tagged with , , , ,

I stumbled across this event quite by accident; my initial reason for visiting was to see the Terror and Wonder exhibition being held there. At £5 I couldn’t grumble and one of my favourite authors (Chris Priestly) would be there. Taken from the British Library web page, the event was advertised as a ‘special event for young adults and older children, meet some of the most brilliant creators of Gothic and nightmarish stories’. I was intrigued. I glanced around the auditorium and saw that over 90% of the audience was adults ranging from educators, parents and students. There was a d

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A Collaborative Review of Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination

Posted by Kelly Gardner on January 16, 2015 in Reviews, Uncategorized tagged with , , ,

On the 5th December 2014, a group of Stirling’s Gothic students began a voyage of macabre delight. Journeying to the British Library for a Goth-infused weekend that included an evening of Gothic Tales, the Gothic Study Day, and of course, the Terror and Wonder Exhibition. This post serves as a collaborative review of the experience. Our heartfelt thanks go to the University of Stirling’s Professor Douglas Brodie and Dr Dale Townshend for making the trip a possibility. An introduction by Sonja Zimmermann and Marina Pérez: In the autumn and winter of 2014, a year that marks the 250th

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A Hankering after Ghosts

Posted by Glennis Byron on January 22, 2012 in News tagged with , ,

There's an exhibition at the British Library called 'A Hankering after Ghosts: Charles Dickens and the Supernatural'. Curated by Andrea Lloyd,  it is running from 29 November 2011 - 4 March 2012. For more info see the Press Release here.