Another conference! Ecogothic is an emerging trend in ways of looking at Gothic, horror, and fantastic narratives. People who attended OGOM’s 2015 Company of Wolves conference, with its probing of the interrelationship of culture and nature, human and animal, might well be interested in this CfP for the Gothic Nature conference at Trinity College Dublin.
Gothic and horror fictions have long functioned as vivid reflections of contemporary cultural fears. Wood argues that horror is ‘the struggle for recognition of all that our society represses or oppresses’, and Newman puts forward the idea that it ‘actively eliminates and exorcises our fears by allowing them to be relegated to the imaginary realm of fiction’. Now, more than ever, the environment has become a locus of those fears for many people, and this conference seeks to investigate the wide range of Gothic- and horror-inflected texts that tackle the darker side of nature.