Tag Archives: YA Fiction

Vampire criticism: Slayage and Angel; Holly Black’s Coldtown

Angel, the tormented ‘vampire with a soul’, was, through his love affair with Buffy in Joss Whedon’s TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997‒2003), one significant archetype of the romantic vampire of paranormal romance. Whedon then developed his character further … Continue reading

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CFPs: Myth and dream, horror, Dracula and vampires, youth horror

A few CFPs for conferences and calls for articles: 1. Myth and Dream / The Dreaming of Myth, 23-24 May 2019, University of Bologna. Deadline: 28 February 2019. The conference invites proposals addressing diverse approaches to the combination of myth … Continue reading

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CFPs: Vampires, Gothic feminism, zombies, youth horror, creative work

A set of conference CFPs and call for articles: 1. Academic Vampire Conference: Hammer, Highgate, and the Vampire, 10-13 July 2019, Lauderdale House, Highgate Village. Deadline: 3 May 2019. The University of South Wales, in association with the IVFAF, calls … Continue reading

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CFPs: 19C vampires, radical YA lit, revisiting the Gothic

An edited collection and two conferences seeking contributions: 1. Call for articles for A Feast of Blood: the Vampire in the Nineteenth Century. Deadline: 31 January 2019. We invite essay proposals on the vampire figure in the long nineteenth century.  Our edited collection … Continue reading

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YA Gothic Fiction: CFP (edited collection) and NYALitFest (event)

Research into Young Adult Gothic fiction forms a core part of the OGOM Project, and feeds into the associated teaching that Dr Sam George has been conducting for some years now at the University of Hertfordshire (see here). So these … Continue reading

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Tides: Selkie Fiction and Film

Following Kendra Reynolds’s interesting paper on ‘Watery Bodies and Boundaries in Betsy Cornwell’s Tides’ at the Identities in YA Fiction symposium I have chosen to teach Tides (2014) on Generation Dead: YA Fiction and the Gothic in 2018 (starting in a week). … Continue reading

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Selkies and mermaids in novels and other media

Among the many fabulous creatures who cross boundaries, selkies and mermaids are particularly fascinating; the former metamorphose between seal and human, the latter are hybrid fish and human. Both exist on the margin of sea and land. Quite a few … Continue reading

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Contemporary Fiction Featuring Angels

Most of these are Paranormal Romance, and mostly Young Adult. These angels are generally Fallen and condemned to atone on Earth in some way or another. A couple are borderline–demons or djinn. Adornetto, Alexandra, Halo, Halo Series, 1 (London: Atom, … Continue reading

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OGOM and Young Adult Fiction @Identities_YA

Just a quick post to say thank you to Dr Sonya Andermahr and Anthony Stepniak for organising the Identities in YA Symposium and for inviting me to give a keynote. There were many highlights to the day including the ‘Monstrous … Continue reading

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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

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