Category Archives: Generation Dead: YA Fiction and the Gothic news

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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East of Eden: A Guide to Angels by Dr Sam George

(William Blake (1757-1827), ‘David delivered out of many waters [by angels] with God presiding over’ c.1805) Who and What are Angels? Angels are referred to in Hebrew as mal’ach, in Greek as aggelos, both meaning ‘messenger’. Seraphim, Cherubim and ‘watchers’ … 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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Alan Garner, Flower Maidens and Gothic Animals

This post is a clue to the creature I have chosen to write about for the Gothic Animals edited collection. My choice is influenced by Alan Garner’s The Owl Service (London: Collins, 1967). The novel draws on ‘Math, son of Mathonwy’, an eerie … Continue reading

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Sophie Lancaster: Representation and Appropriation

I am just posting this link to the drama about the murder of goth girl Sophie Lancaster ten years on for my Generation Dead YA Fiction and the Gothic students next year.  I haven’t watched ‘Murdered for Being Different Yet’ … Continue reading

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Why Would Anyone Be A Goth?

I’m posting a link to this BBC World Service Programme on gothic subculture for our Generation Dead: Young Adult Fiction and the Gothic students as it looks very pertinent to the debates we’ll be having next year particularly around difference, … Continue reading

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Why May is the Month of the Wolf

May is turning out to be the month of the wolf. Last week saw the news of the first Danish wolf pack in 200 years  and Kaja has reported that revellers at May Day celebrations in the UK witnessed the … Continue reading

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More Beauty and the Beast

More useful links on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (see previous posts by Sam and I). First, a short piece by Constance Grady on some of the many various adaptations of the tales, covering Robin McKinley’s Beauty and Rose Daughter, Angela … Continue reading

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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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