Contemporary Gothic Reading Group
Rethinking Contemporary Gothic: An Interdisciplinary Study Day, June 3 2011. This study day aims to showcase some of the research currently being conducted on contemporary Gothic at Lancaster, with the intention of opening up new avenues for exploration and discussion. It will incorporate papers from current postgraduate students and staff on topics as diverse as vampire humour and sarcasm in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Trauma Gothic and the creation of postcolonial England. The day will be rounded off by a keynote by Professor Fred Botting of the University of Kingston entitled 'Love Your Zombie'. The day is free and open to all but requires registration. For more details contact Dr Catherine Spooner. Download our poster.
Open to all postgraduates and staff
Wednesday 3.30-5pm, fortnightly, starting Week 1
County Meeting Room 1 (in the Department of English and Creative Writing)
Join us for informal discussion of contemporary Gothic fiction. Members of all departments are warmly welcome. Bring a coffee mug!
Further information from Dr. Catherine Spooner
Week 1 (12 Oct): Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Week 3 (27 Oct): Gillian Flynn, Dark Places
Week 5 (9 Nov): John Ajvide Lindqvist, Harbour
Week 7 (23 Nov): Michelle Paver, Dark Matter
Week 1 (18 Jan): Mark Gatiss, The Vesuvius Club
Week 3 (1 Feb): Anita Desai, The Zigzag Way
Week 5 (15 Feb): Karen Russell, Swamplandia
Week 7 (29 Feb): Marcus Sedgwick, White Crow
Week 1 (25 Apr): Deborah Harkness, A Discoverie of Witches
Week 3 (9 May): Mary Sharratt, Daughters of the Witching Hill
Week 5 (23 May): Celia Rees, Witch Child
Week 7 (6 Jun): Natasha Mostert, Season of the Witch
Week 2 (20 Oct): Zombie, Joyce Carol Oates
Week 4 (3 Nov): Selected stories from Desert Gothic, Don Waters
Week 6 (17 Nov): The West Wing, Edward Gorey
Week 8 (1 Dec): Fireproof, Raj Kamal Jha
Week 10 (15 Dec): The Spook's Apprentice, Joseph Delaney
Week 2 (26 Jan): The Night Watch, Sergei Lukyanenko
Week 4 (9 Feb): Selected stories from The New Uncanny, ed. Sarah Page and Ra Vickers, plus Freud, 'The Uncanny'
Week 6 (23 Feb): Selected stories from The New Uncanny, ed. Sarah Page and Ra Vickers, plus Rainer Maria Rilke, 'Some Reflections on Dolls'
Week 8 (9 Mar): What Was Lost, Catherine O'Flynn
Week 2 (4 May): The Book With No Name, Anonymous
Week 4 (18 May): World War Z, Max Brooks
Week 6 (1 June): Breathers: A Zombie's Lament, S. G. Browne
Week 8 (15 June): Dorian, Will Self
Week 10 (29 June): We Need To Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver
This term we are looking at a comination of critical essays and short stories.
Week 1 (13 January):
China Mieville: 'M. R. James and the Quantum Vampire' (NB: pp. 62-74 of the pdf)
M. R. James, 'Count Magnus'
H. P. Lovecraft, 'The Call of Cthulhu'
Week 3 (27 January)
THEME: SHERLOCK HOLMES
Arthur Conan Doyle, 'The Man With the Twisted Lip'
Neil Gaiman, 'A Study in Emerald'
Week 5 (10 February)
THEME: GOTHIC CHILDREN
Steven Bruhm, 'Nightmare on Sesame Street', Gothic Studies 8.2, November 2006
Joyce Carol Oates, 'Extenuating Circumstances', 'The Guilty Party' and 'Accursed Inhabitants of the House of Bly' from Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque
Week 7 (24 February)
THEME: EROTICISM AND DEATH
Selections from Bataille
Tim Lebbon, 'Every Wrong Turn'
Clive Barker, Hellbound Heart (chapter 1)
Week 9 (10 March)
THEME: LATIN AMERICAN GOTHIC?
Jorge Luis Borges, 'The Garden of Forking Paths', 'Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote', 'The Circular Ruins', 'Funes the Memorious' and 'The Immortal' from Labyrinths
Week 1 (21 April)
William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, The Difference Engine
Week 3 (5 May)
Meera Syal, Anita and Me
Week 5 (19 May)
Laurell K. Hamilton, Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Novels)
Week 7 (2 June)
Juan Rolfo, Pedro Paramo
Week 9 (16 June)
Thomas Ligotti, Teatro Grottesco
ARCHIVE: TERM 1
Week 1 (7 October):
Charlaine Harris, Dead Until Dark
The novel that inspired the HBO series True Blood – starting on Channel 4 on Monday 5 October.
Week 3 (21 October):
Paul Magrs, Never the Bride
The first of the ‘Brenda’ series, in which the Bride of Frankenstein sets up a B&B in Whitby.
Paul will be appearing at Lancaster Litfest on Saturday 24 October.
Week 5 (4 November):
John Ajvide Linquist, Handling the Undead
Let the Right One In author’s take on zombies.
Week 7 (18 November):
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
Visceral horror and postmodern games on a writers’ retreat.
Week 9 (2 December):
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
To get us in the mood for Christmas, it's The Jungle Book in a cemetery!