Monthly Archives: June 2016
The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies have moved to a new–and fine-looking–website here. I’ve amended the link in the Related Links column that appears on the Blog and Resources page to lead to the new site.
My level six undergraduate module Generation Dead: Young Adult Fiction and the Gothic has featured heavily on the blog since its beginnings in 2014. The module was inspired by my research for OGOM and the students have been engaging with the … Continue reading
Shakespeare’s writing career began as the witch trials reached their peak in the 1580s and 1590s. It is interesting to speculate as to what personal experience or knowledge of the trials he might have had and to make a relationship … Continue reading
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
This is a very useful web page, with short reviews of books of essays on science fiction and other fantastic literature, covering such fields as steampunk and Afrofuturism, and by such authors as Neil Gaiman, Ursula Le Guin, Octavia Butler, … Continue reading
An excellent article here by Franziska Kohlt, ‘Alice in the asylum: Wonderland and the real mad tea parties of the Victorians‘. Franziska looks at the Alice books and the theme of madness in the context of both the recent Disney … Continue reading
This new Austrian vampire film, Therapy for a Vampire looks well worth seeing–a subtle comedy with themes of psychoanalysis and the representation of women. A thoughtful review here (thanks to Stacey Abbott for sharing this).
I’ve not seen the TV series iZombie (nor the graphic novel on which it is based) but I’ve heard very enthusiastic reports on this new manifestation of the sympathetic zombie (of which one of our favourites, Daniel Waters’s Generation Dead … Continue reading
I am just sharing this news from the Centre for the History of the Gothic as it involves one of my students Daisy. I supervised Daisy’s dissertation and am looking forward to seeing her progress on the ‘Reading the Vampire’ … Continue reading
In my explorations of the endless swarming and interbreeding of genres that is contemporary popular fiction, I recently discovered a new species. Among the proliferating subsubsubgenres of paranormal romance and similar breeds, I’ve noticed quite a few that feature libraries … Continue reading