Category Archives: Generation Dead: YA Fiction and the Gothic news

Young Adult Fiction: Empathy or Derision?

I’m revisiting an interesting article by Maria Nikolajeva, director of the Homerton Research and Teaching Centre for Children’s Literature, entitled ‘Young adult fiction is integral to helping students develop empathy’, ahead of the YA Investigating Identities conference at the University of … Continue reading

Posted in Conferences, Events, Generation Dead: YA Fiction and the Gothic news | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Alan Garner, Flower Maidens and Gothic Animals

This post is a clue to the creature I have chosen to write about for the Gothic Animals edited collection. My choice is influenced by Alan Garner’s The Owl Service (London: Collins, 1967). The novel draws on ‘Math, son of Mathonwy’, an eerie … Continue reading

Posted in Generation Dead: YA Fiction and the Gothic news, OGOM News, OGOM Research | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sophie Lancaster: Representation and Appropriation

I am just posting this link to the drama about the murder of goth girl Sophie Lancaster ten years on for my Generation Dead YA Fiction and the Gothic students next year.  I haven’t watched ‘Murdered for Being Different Yet’ … Continue reading

Posted in Generation Dead: YA Fiction and the Gothic news, OGOM Research | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Why Would Anyone Be A Goth?

I’m posting a link to this BBC World Service Programme on gothic subculture for our Generation Dead: Young Adult Fiction and the Gothic students as it looks very pertinent to the debates we’ll be having next year particularly around difference, … Continue reading

Posted in Generation Dead: YA Fiction and the Gothic news | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Why May is the Month of the Wolf

May is turning out to be the month of the wolf. Last week saw the news of the first Danish wolf pack in 200 years  and Kaja has reported that revellers at May Day celebrations in the UK witnessed the … Continue reading

Posted in Generation Dead: YA Fiction and the Gothic news, OGOM News, OGOM: The Company of Wolves | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

More Beauty and the Beast

More useful links on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (see previous posts by Sam and I). First, a short piece by Constance Grady on some of the many various adaptations of the tales, covering Robin McKinley’s Beauty and Rose Daughter, Angela … Continue reading

Posted in Critical thoughts, Film Clips, Generation Dead: YA Fiction and the Gothic news, Resources | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: Beauty and the Beast, dir. by Bill Condon (Disney, 2017)

Sam and I have been posting on the theme of ‘Beauty and the Beast recently here and here (I am doing research on the tale and will be presenting a paper at the Damsels in Redress conference next month). I … Continue reading

Posted in Critical thoughts, Generation Dead: YA Fiction and the Gothic news, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Beauty and the Beast: more thoughts

Further to Sam’s post below, I’m writing a paper on YA adaptations of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ for the Damsels in Redress: Women in Contemporary Fairy-Tale Reimaginings at Queen’s University, Belfast (7-8 April), so the tale is very much on … Continue reading

Posted in Critical thoughts, Generation Dead: YA Fiction and the Gothic news, Resources | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Fairy Tale Hybridity: What Kind of Animal is Beast in ‘Beauty and the Beast’?

‘Beauty and the Beast’ belongs to the Animal Groom cycle of fairy tales alongside ‘The Frog King’ and ‘Cupid and Psyche’.  I have always been intrigued by what kind of animal Beast is in this tale and my interest was … Continue reading

Posted in Critical thoughts, Generation Dead: YA Fiction and the Gothic news, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Shakespeare’s Fey Subplot in YA Gothic

When I was a child in Cumbria it used to be common for people to say you must be a changeling if you had nothing in common with your parents and there were also stories circulating that the gypsies who … Continue reading

Posted in Generation Dead: YA Fiction and the Gothic news | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment