Monday, 12 August 2013

Gothic events at MMU

The Gothic is, quite simply, everywhere: from the record-breaking successes of the Twilight vampire films and the TV series The Walking Dead, to the critically acclaimed videogames Left for Dead and Dead Space. Its ubiquity is nothing new. Since its first wave of success in the late eighteenth century, the Gothic has proved to be a truly chameleonic artistic mode, consistently adapting itself to suit the tastes of contemporary audiences whilst simultaneously projecting their innermost anxieties. In the virtual and digital age, the Gothic has proliferated in places where it had not traditionally found a home. What challenges does a new array of media bring to the study of the Gothic? And more importantly, why are we still hungry for zombies, vampires, ghouls and other things that go bump in the night?

The Contemporary Gothic strand attempts to answer these questions through a series of papers by distinguished academics in the vibrant field of Gothic Studies. Through various critical lenses, and in a thoroughly interdisciplinary spirit, these sessions will explore what lies at the heart of our continuing fascination with all things dark. Focusing on the recent resurgence of zombies, the explosion of the Gothic on TV, and the scholarly-neglected area of Gothic music, these papers will help us understand exactly what it is that new Gothic texts may have to tell us about ourselves and the society we live in.

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