The Gothic Epidemic

Across the centuries, the social and cultural impacts of epidemics have resonated with writers. Whether concerned with the spiritual implications of these catastrophic events, as in Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year (1722), issues of individual versus collective responsibility, such as in Albert Camus’s The Plague (1947), or questions about the limitations and … Continue reading The Gothic Epidemic

Recollections – 2013-14 Session Two: Edgar Allen Poe’s "Berenice" (1835) and Charles Dickens’s "A Madman’s Manuscript" (1836)

This week sees our third meeting this term (and ninth session overall, fact-fans) but before we get stuck into Lovecraft, here'sKate Gadsby Macesumming up our last session on Poe and Dickens and highlighting some of the points around which our conversation turned.*****Nineteenth-Century Horrors: Marriage, Madness and the Middle-ClassKate Gadsby MaceBeing buried alive is equated to … Continue reading Recollections – 2013-14 Session Two: Edgar Allen Poe’s "Berenice" (1835) and Charles Dickens’s "A Madman’s Manuscript" (1836)

Sources and Resources – Surfing the web for Dickens and Poe

We've not long to go until the second Gothic Reading Group session for this term. In the wake of the previous introductory post on Dickens and Poe's tales of 'madness,' Mark has been hunting around the internet for interesting supplementary materials. Here are a few of his favourites. They might offer a bit of stimulus … Continue reading Sources and Resources – Surfing the web for Dickens and Poe

Foreshadowings – Texts and Contexts for Poe and Dickens

Our first session last week was a great success, with lots of interesting discussion following a screening of The Evil Dead. There'll be a blog follow-up in the next few days, but, in the meantime, we've the second session of this year's Gothic Reading Group to look forward to next week. This time we are … Continue reading Foreshadowings – Texts and Contexts for Poe and Dickens