The Return of the Repressed: Gothic Studies Past and Present at UEA An International Symposium 26-27th June 2015
Venue: The Forum, Norwich
David Punter (Bristol)
Thomas Elsaesser (Amsterdam)
Peter Hutchings (Northumbria)
Helen Wheatley (Warwick)
Thirty -five years ago, David Punter published The Literature of Terror: A History of Gothic Fictions from 1765 to the Present Day (Longman, 1980), closely afterwards Vic Sage published his Horror Fiction in the Protestant Tradition (1984), both while teaching at the University of East Anglia. Punter's and Sage's work established the Gothic as a serious and complex field of study; a position from which it has now grown to be one of the most popular and theoretically sophisticated fields of cultural enquiry, encompassing a wide range of forms, including theatre, film, television, computer games, and contemporary fashion. Later, in 2002, Rosemary Jackson produced her ground-breaking study The Fantastic. Over the years numerous critics of literature and visual culture more generally working closely with Gothic have been intimately associated with UEA. Similarly, major writers including Angela Carter, Ian McEwan, and Rebecca Stott have created highly-influential Gothic and post-Gothic fictions while resident at UEA. This symposium seeks to mark, celebrate, and commemorate the crucial work of this generation of Gothic writers and critics, associated with UEA. It seeks to reflect both on the past of Gothic writing and criticism, but also to speculate about the present and future directions that Gothic studies may take in a twenty-first century global culture of diverse and ever expanding media culture of entertainment and information.
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