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YA Gothic at ‘Investigating Identities’ (2): Identity, Agency, Assimilation and Paranormal Romance

Following on from Sam’s post on her keynote talk for the Investigating Identities in Young Adult YA Narratives symposium at the University of Northampton on 16 December, I thought I should post a synopsis of the paper I’ll be presenting … Continue reading

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Redeeming Beauties and Beasts, Wolves and Humans

Kaja and Sam have made me feel guilty, so I’ll just give an account of what I’ll be talking about at the Being Human: Redeeming the Wolf event. I’ll be following up some of the themes that Sam and Kaja have … Continue reading

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Happy Hallowe’en with Betty Boop

Happy Hallowe’en to all from OGOM. What a fabulous party this is! Don’t forget to book for the free Being Human: Redeeming the Wolf event on 18 November 2017–tickets here!  

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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

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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

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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

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CFP: Gothic Nature: New Directions in Ecohorror and the Ecogothic, Trinity College Dublin, 17-18 November 2017

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 … Continue reading

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Another set of Top Ten Shapeshifters (Part 1)

It’s taken me a while to respond to Kaja and Sam’s excellent lists of their top ten shapeshifters (here and here). Here are the first five of my own favourites (not in order of importance). 1. Circe, in Homer, Odyssey … Continue reading

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Disney’s Walpurgisnacht

Witches and magical transformations are themes that OGOM will be pursuing over the next year or so. Disney’s wonderful adaptation of Walpurgisnacht in Fantasia (1941) makes full use of the potential of cinematic technology to depict the transformative powers of … Continue reading

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‘How to Recognise a Werewolf in the Nineteenth Century’ by Will Pooley

This well researched post, ‘How to Recognise a Werewolf in the Nineteenth Century’, on the Beastly Histories blog is a very interesting read. (Actually the whole of the blog is pretty exciting so get ready to lose a few hours … Continue reading

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