Tag Archives: Gothic novel

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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Programme and Booking for Polidori Vampyre 200

Tickets are selling rapidly for the Polidori Vampyre Symposium so do book here before it’s too late! The programme is available here and we think it’s looking fabulous–see the images below. ‘Mad, bad, and dangerous’—and hot! That’s how Lady Caroline … Continue reading

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CFPs: Magical cities, coastal folklore, folk horror, folklore and the fantastic, Walpole

Some more CFPs to tempt you: 1. From the brilliant people at Supernatural Cities (who were such good partners at our Urban Weird conference in April this year), the Magical Cities conference, 15 June 2019, University of Portsmouth. Deadline: 31 … 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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‘A devout but nearly silent listener’: dialogue, sociability, and Promethean individualism in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818)

My article, ‘”A devout but nearly silent listener”: dialogue, sociability, and Promethean individualism in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818)’, has been published in The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, 16 (Autumn 2017) alongside other excellent articles. Here’s a brief … Continue reading

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10 Gothic Gems of Historical Fiction

Here’s an enticing list by Adrian Van Young, ‘10 Gothic Gems of Historical Fiction‘. These novels and stories are another interesting example of what happens when genres meet; the Gothic novel itself was, of course, originally a historical novel of … Continue reading

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Cultural Afterlives of Frankenstein

Great post by Megen de Bruin-Molé–Cultural Afterlives of Frankenstein–on why works last and the enduring nature of the Frankenstein myth, traced from Mary Shelley’s novel through its myriad descendants and adaptations.

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Dale Townshend and MMU Gothic Festival

Two great news items from the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. First, the brilliant Dale Townshend, who has moved from Stirling to become Professor at MMU, will be giving his inaugural lecture, From ‘Castles in the Air’ … Continue reading

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Andrew Smith, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Frankenstein

Andrew Smith of the University of Sheffield has edited this exciting new collection of essays on Frankenstein in the always-useful Cambridge Companions series–out in September 2016. It approaches the classic Gothic novel from a variety of perspectives and considers adaptations … Continue reading

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David Richter, The Progress of Romance

I’m reading David Richter’s The Progress of Romance: Literary Historiography and the Gothic Novel–one of the best books on literary theory I’ve read for a long while. It’s an undogmatic approach to the way that literature, and especially literary genres, … Continue reading

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