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Review: IGA 2017

Posted by Timothy Jones on October 02, 2017 in Uncategorized tagged with , , ,

A Review of the 13th Biennial Conference of the International Gothic Association: Gothic Traditions and Departures Co-authored by Harriet Fletcher and Sophie Raine   In July of this year, we had the privilege of attending the 13th Biennial IGA conference held at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) in Cholula, Mexico. The conference exceeded all of our expectations in terms of academic engagement, innovative research, and support from the IGA community as a whole.   Opening Ceremony and Wine Reception The first day began with the opening addresses from t

Review: The Gothic in Text Matters Thumbnail

Review: The Gothic in Text Matters

Posted by Timothy Jones on October 02, 2017 in Uncategorized tagged with ,

Text Matters, A Journal of Literature Theory and Culture, Gothic Matters, (Łódź: Łódź University Press, No. 6, 2016) Review by Stuart Lindsay In which ways today does the Gothic matter? Gothic matters is the central issue of the collection of essays in this, most recent, issue of Text Matters, edited by Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet. Its authors are concerned with both definitions of Gothic matters: firstly, its diverse content, and its proliferation across and cross-pollination with other literary genres, styles, cultures, and contemporary social contexts; secondly, as Monnet writes i

Review: Horror: A Literary History Thumbnail

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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Review: Thin Air

Posted by Timothy Jones on October 31, 2016 in Uncategorized tagged with ,

Thin Air. A Ghost Story By Michelle Paver Publisher: Orion Books (October 2016) ISBN (Hardback) 9781409163343 ISBN (Export Trade paperback) 9781409163350 ISBN (Ebook) 9781409163374   Review by Leonor Ruiz-Ayúcar   Who does not like a good ghost story? Michelle Paver´s new book lands in the bookstores just in time for Halloween, so let’s sit on our favourite sofa and travel to the Himalayas with Thin Air: A Ghost story. The story is set in 1935. The narrator, a young doctor called Stephen Pearce, is about to experience the most amazing and challenging

Review: ‘Reimagining the Gothic: Monsters and Monstrosities’ symposium, 6th May 2016 Thumbnail

Review: ‘Reimagining the Gothic: Monsters and Monstrosities’ symposium, 6th May 2016

Posted by Amy Bride on May 19, 2016 in Reviews tagged with , , , , ,

‘Monster’ is a jointly allusive and ubiquitous term. For gothic scholars, what constitutes monstrosity is a vast and varied spectrum of physical abnormality, genetic hybridity, moral corruption, and everything in between. Yet for almost 200 years perceptions of the gothic monster in the popular imagination have been dominated by Mary Shelley and her life-creating doctor who has transcended literary boundaries to become a cultural icon in his own right. The task of re-analysing the gothic monster, both in conversation and contrast with Shelley’s creation, was that addressed by the ‘

Review: Frankenstein at the Royal Opera House Thumbnail

Review: Frankenstein at the Royal Opera House

Posted by Evan Hayles Gledhill on May 19, 2016 in Evan Hayles Gledhill, Reviews tagged with , , ,

First, a preface. The last time I voluntarily watched a full dance production, it was Edward Scissorhands, and I hated the hedges. I generally plonk myself on the sofa for The Nutcracker at Christmas just for the Cossacks, which is my favourite bit. I am not a traditional dance fan; I tend to only watch a story I have a narrative interest in, otherwise I cherry pick sequences to be enthralled by the marvellous grace and athleticism of the dance. So, this is not a ballet review, it’s a Frankenstein review. I saw the new Liam Scarlett production in the cinema, as I missed out on affordable

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Review: Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright

Posted by Maria Cohut on October 15, 2015 in Blog, Maria Cohurt, Reviews tagged with , , , , ,

Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright by Chris Riddell Macmillan 2015 ISBN-10: 1447277899 ISBN-13: 978-1447277897 Following the 'gift' booklet released on the occasion of World Book Day this year, Macmillan have published yet another instalment in Chris Riddell's 'Goth Girl' series: Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright. Right in time, too, for the celebration of the Ada Lovelace Day on the 13th October (happy belated Ada Lovelace Day!), with another story about her fictional namesake, Ada Goth, 'the only child of Lord Goth, England's foremost cycling poet', also prominently featuring

Event Review: Gothic Showcase at the University of Stirling, 18th July, 2015 Thumbnail

Event Review: Gothic Showcase at the University of Stirling, 18th July, 2015

Posted by Tanja Jurković on August 28, 2015 in Guest Blog, Tanja Jurkovic tagged with , , , , , , , , ,

“More than just a literary or cinematic genre, medicine the lively Gothic mode informs our everyday lives as much as it eerily entertains it. Ghosts, vampires, sublime landscapes and ancient castles are familiar images we love to celebrate during those candlelit hours which provide small comfort before dawn.” Gothic Showcase Website     A month ago, on July 18th 2015, Stirling became a place of an interactive exploratory experience of Gothic literature and culture for the first time, at the University of Stirling. This one - day event of lectures, workshops and exchangi

A Collaborative Review of the 12th Biennial International Gothic Association Conference: Gothic Migrations Thumbnail

A Collaborative Review of the 12th Biennial International Gothic Association Conference: Gothic Migrations

Posted by Kelly Gardner on August 26, 2015 in Ben Noad, Blog, Reviews tagged with , , ,

12th Biennial International Gothic Association Conference: Gothic Migrations The 12th Biennial International Gothic Association Conference was held in Vancouver, British Columbia from 28th July to 1st August 2015. A cohort from the University of Stirling was in attendance, eager to represent the University, to explore the City of Vancouver and, of course, to partake in this biennial gathering of Gothic scholars from across the globe. The theme for this year’s conference was Gothic Migrations and the conference was expertly coordinated by Dr. John Whatley of Simon Fraser University and hos

Review: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) Thumbnail

Review: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Posted by Matt Foley on June 24, 2015 in Blog, Carly Stevenson, Reviews tagged with , , , ,

Review: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) By Carly Stevenson (University of Sheffield)   This debut from British-born, Iranian-American writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour is at once nostalgic and innovative in its approach to the ever-popular (and some might say oversaturated) vampire motif. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night assimilates a wealth of classic horror imagery: the jerky body movements and monochromatic aesthetic give the film a surreal quality reminiscent of Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari. And yet, this nod to early European horror contrasts with more co