Tag Archives: Genre

Book Review: Elizabeth von Arnim, Vera

As you may know from previous posts, I have been tracing the genetic mutations from which the genre of paranormal romance arose by looking at an earlier manifestation, Gothic romance (or romantic suspense). This genre flourished from about the 1940s … Continue reading

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Glenarvon, Polidori, and Gothic Romance

OGOM’s recent symposium, ‘Some curious disquiet’: Polidori, the Byronic vampire, and its progeny‘ was a huge success and we’d like to thank again everyone who made it possible, form the brilliant speakers to the very supportive visitors and the staff … Continue reading

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CFPs: IGA 2019, Mapping the Mythosphere

Calls for papers for two exciting conferences. First, following the fabulous IGA 2018 in Manchester, the IGA 2019 conference, Gothic Terror, Gothic Horror is being held on 30 July to 2 August 2019, at Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois, United States. Deadline: … Continue reading

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IGA2018: Ambiguous Creatures and Ambivalent Morals

A huge thank you to all the organisers of the International Gothic Association 2018 conference, held at Manchester Metropolitan University. And thanks to all who attended OGOM’s Ambiguous Creatures and Ambivalent Morals panel and to all the lovely and inspiring … 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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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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Fairy Tales: Form and Language, PC Princesses

We at OGOM are fascinated by fairy tales, and there are many posts on the blog about them. My own research has been looking generally at how genres collide and intermingle to create new genres such as Paranormal Romance; in … 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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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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Exploring Gothic Romance

As part of my research into the formal qualities of Paranormal Romance, and how different genres encounter each other to generate this new kind of novel, I’m immersing myself into one of its forbears. Gothic Romance (sometimes known as fantasy … Continue reading

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