Category Archives: Critical thoughts

Deviant Burial of ‘Vampire’ Child in C15th Italy

I am mapping ‘deviant’ burials for a piece I am writing on Wharram Percy, the medieval English village that mutilated its own dead, including many women and children. Whatever these people believed eventually took hold completely and led to them … Continue reading

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Emily Brontë : bicentennial essays

A few days late, but here are a selection of articles celebrating the bicentenary of Emily Brontë, whose singular 1847 novel Wuthering Heights took the architexts of the Gothic novel and added new psychological depth. It also lay the foundations … Continue reading

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Will the Blood Moon Come Too Soon?

Serpents, dragons, jaguars, bats and wolves are all associated with the eclipse, according the Smithsonian Magazine’s What Folklore Tells us About the Eclipse.  You have probably heard of the myth of the wolf who swallows the sun or moon causing an eclipse or … Continue reading

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Genre, dreadpunk, mannerpunk, the female Gothic

What constitutes a genre or subgenre and whether even the concept of genre itself has any use is much debated; it’s certainly a focal point of OGOM research, where we’re often concerned with what happens when genres collide or mate, … Continue reading

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Mermaids: ballads, novels, films

Mermaids and related creatures such as sirens and selkies have a perennial appeal; we at OGOM love them and they have featured in quite a few posts here. There may be deep Freudian reasons for our fascination but we’re certainly … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: academia and Gothic heroines

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a foundational text in many ways–not least, for OGOM’s origins, being the series which, with its wit, humanity, and dark imagination led me into vampire studies. It’s probably the TV series most written about by … Continue reading

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Fairy Tales: art, essays, and resources

Some more interesting links on fairy tales: Margaret Carrigan, in ‘What Can Fairy Tales Tell Us About Today? Two Video Artists Offer Modern Takes‘, reviews the video art of Ericka Beckman and Marianna Simnett, showing at London’s Zabludowicz Collection through … Continue reading

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RIP Gérard Genette (1930-2018)

I am very saddened by the death of Gérard Genette (1930-2018). Genette, for me, was one of most rewarding of French literary theorists. He employed a structuralist methodology but in a way that avoided metaphysical excesses and that never lost … Continue reading

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Frankenstein and Counter-Enlightenment

I’m sure many will have seen the furore stirred up in social media, particularly among Gothicists, by the Sun’s article on Frankenstein, which screams, ‘SNOWFLAKE students claim Frankenstein’s monster was a misunderstood victim with feelings’. I don’t think it’s altogether … Continue reading

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Manderley Today: 80 Years of Du Maurier’s Rebecca

I first read Daphne du Maurier’s haunting Gothic Romances in my early teens. In my thirties I did an evening class in Female Gothic run by the pioneering Avril Horner and Sue Zloznik. This featured Rebecca among other exciting texts. … Continue reading

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