The Dead Days: The Fin de siècle

Welcome back to the Dead Days: a time of year that always makes me think about thresholds, the jumping off-point from one space or time to the next. These liminal days between Christmas and New Year are always heavy with expectation, excitement, or dread for the year ahead, and it is here, in these Dead … Continue reading The Dead Days: The Fin de siècle

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