the Uncanny

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CFP: Gothic and Uncanny Explorations, Karlstad University

Posted by Matt Foley on July 01, 2013 in News tagged with ,

Gothic and Uncanny Explorations An interdisciplinary international conference Wednesday 10 September – Friday 12 September 2014 Karlstad University, Sweden Call for Papers The gothic, as a mode or genre, has become an increasingly widespread and noticeable cultural phenomenon during the last few decades. There is also a great interest in the closely related concept of the uncanny in a number of different contexts. In addition to playing a larger role in academia, the gothic and the uncanny have been integrated in our everyday vocabulary and thinking in recent y

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Falling Skies Fails to Engage, But Apes Deliver A Sucker-Punch

Posted by Sharon Deans on July 06, 2011 in Blog tagged with , , , ,

Last night, in the interests of academic research, I watched the FX channel’s series premiere of Falling Skies, their latest take on the end-of-days/post-apocalyptic/human-race-under-threat scenario.  OK, admittedly I was really drawn to this because Noah Wyle was starring in it (sorry to be so shallow, but he was the gorgeous Dr John Carter in ER after all), however, not even the lovely Noah could save this.  The human race is under threat, AGAIN, this time from aliens referred to as ‘skitters’ who have wiped out 90% of the population, and the planet’s future depends on a mili