Tropical Gothic

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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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The Daughters of Fire: W. H. Khouri’s Female Gothic

Posted by Daniel Sá on May 12, 2012 in Daniel Serravalle de Sa, Guest Blog tagged with ,

As Filhas do Fogo (1978), or The Daughters of Fire, is exemplary of the Gothic’s transnational characteristics. The film portrays two young women whose stay at a colonial manor in the Brazilian countryside is afflicted by paranormal events and mysterious deaths. In the course of the narrative, they become acquainted with a mysterious family friend, an elderly lady who claims to record the voices of the dead. Soon, the female characters find themselves haunted by the ghost of one of the girls’ mothers. Whilst the dividing line between this world and the next is obscured, family secrets are

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Tropical Gothic II

Posted by Daniel Sá on April 23, 2012 in Daniel Serravalle de Sa, Guest Blog tagged with

Over the past decade or so, critics worldwide have endeavoured to locate their own culturally specific traditions of the strange and the supernatural, and there has been a growing sense of a less circumscribed Gothic. My contribution to this emerging new field of Gothic Studies has been to investigate potentially Gothic Brazilian literary and film texts. Although I have referred to this work Tropical Gothic, perhaps Brazilian Gothic would be more appropriate, whereby the former could stand as an umbrella term to identify different Gothic manifestations in Latin America and beyond. Still I shal

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Gothic Rape in the Brazilian film ‘At Midnight I’ll Take your Soul’

Posted by Daniel Sá on April 13, 2012 in Daniel Serravalle de Sa, Guest Blog tagged with ,

Zé do Caixão or Coffin Joe makes his first appearance in the film At Midnight I will Take your Soul (1964). The character is played by José Mojica Marins, who is also the writer, director and producer of the film. Zé is a cruel undertaker in a nameless village in the hinterlands of Brazil who terrorizes its citizens with extreme violent behaviour. Although obsessed with the supernatural, he claims not to believe in Heaven or Hell, as for him the essence of life lies in the ‘immortality of the blood’. Therefore, his goal is to find the ‘perfect woman’ – a character with a similar

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Tropical Gothic I

Posted by Daniel Sá on April 05, 2012 in Daniel Serravalle de Sa, Guest Blog tagged with

About the circulation of Gothic novels in Brazil in the C19th The presence of British Gothic novels in Rio de Janeiro can be substantiated by catalogue entries and book listings from institutions such as Gesellschaft Germânia (founded 1821), Rio de Janeiro British Subscription Library (1826), Real Gabinete Português de Leitura (1837), and Biblioteca Fluminense (1847), which served as sites for reading and borrowing books throughout the nineteenth century. Such records are quite remarkable, not so much in terms of numbers, given that the reading public was small, but rather in terms o