Tag Archives: Enlightenment

Vampires, werewolves, and Jane Austen

I am being interviewed here by Brian from Toothpickings. I talk about vampires and werewolves, the folklore of these creatures and its transmutation into literature. I also make some very tenuous links between this, the Enlightenment, Jane Austen and paranormal … Continue reading

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Frankenstein and Counter-Enlightenment

I’m sure many will have seen the furore stirred up in social media, particularly among Gothicists, by the Sun’s article on Frankenstein, which screams, ‘SNOWFLAKE students claim Frankenstein’s monster was a misunderstood victim with feelings’. I don’t think it’s altogether … Continue reading

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Jack Zipes on the Sorcerer’s Apprentice

The renowned fairy tale critic Jack Zipes has a new book out on the diverse manifestations of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice motif in folklore and literature, from Lucian and Ovid, through the Grimms, to Harry Potter. There’s a thought-provoking interview with … Continue reading

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Walpole: The House and the Letters

The New York Review of Books has in its latest issue an article by Geoffrey Wheatley, ‘Walpole: The House & the Letters’. It as the name suggests a look at Strawberry Hill, the Gothic abode Walpole engineered for himself, and his … Continue reading

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CFP: Special Issue of ‘Image [&] Narrative’ on Horace Walpole

The journal Image [&] Narrative is seeking papers for a special issue on Horace Walpole. Abstracts of 300 words need to be sent in by 1st June 2016 and the finished 5000 word articles will need to be submitted by 1st February … Continue reading

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Roger Luckhurst, ‘The birth of the vampyre: Dracula and mythology in Early Modern Europe’

An extract here from Roger Luckhurst’s excellent introduction to the OUP World’s Classics edition of Dracula. The notion that the vampire is universal and archetypal is debunked, and its origins shown to lie in the Enlightenment response to folkloric panics … Continue reading

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Review of British Library Gothic Study Day

I’m starting this year by looking backwards towards the end of last year which seems oddly suitable as a scholar of the Gothic. Early in December 2014, though it seems longer ago, I attended the Gothic Study Day at the … Continue reading

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Dale Townshend, ‘Review of Elisabeth Bronfen’s Night Passages: Philosophy, Literature, Film’

Dale Townshend, University of Stirling, gives a thoughtfully analytical review of Elisabeth Bronfen’s Night Passages: Philosophy, Literature, Film, which itself looks a very interesting exploration of Gothic themes, in particular the image of Night, as the underside of Enlightenment in … Continue reading

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