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Gothic Peregrinations
The Unexplored and Re-explored Territories

ISBN 9780367666163
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
282 Pages

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For over two hundred years, the Gothic has remained fixed in the European and American imaginations, steadily securing its position as a global cultural mode in recent decades. The globalization of Gothic studies has resulted in the proliferation of new critical concepts and a growing academic interest in the genre. Yet, despite its longevity, unprecedented expansion, and accusations of prescriptiveness, the Gothic remains elusive and without a straightforward definition. Gothic Peregrinations: The Unexplored and Re-explored Territories looks at Gothic productions largely marginalized in the studies of the genre, including the European absorption of and response to the Gothic. This collection of essays identifies landmarks and ley lines in the insufficiently probed territories of Gothic scholarship and sets out to explore its unmapped regions.

This volume not only examines Gothic peregrinations from a geographical perspective but also investigates how the genre has been at odds with strict demarcation of generic boundaries. Analyzing texts which come from outside the Gothic canon, yet prove to be deeply indebted to it, like bereavement memoirs, stories produced by and about factory girls of Massachusetts, and the Mattel Monster High franchise, this volume illuminates the previously unexplored fields in Gothic studies. The chapters in this volume reveal the truly transnational expansion of the Gothic and the importance of exchange – exchange now seen not only as crucial to the genre’s gestation, or vital to the processes of globalization, but also to legitimizing Gothic studies in the global world.

Table of Contents

List of Contents


I. The Gothic Mystique:

Matriarchy, Patriarchy, and the (Fe)Male Condition

  1. Agnieszka Łowczanin

  2. "A Romance Fit for the Taste of our Era": Anna Mostowska and the first Polish Gothic stories.

  3. Adriana Raducanu

  4. Under the Sign of Gothic: The Goddess Kālī from Mahābhārata to Marguerite Yourcenar’s “Kali Beheaded”

  5. Dorota Filipczak

  6. The Gothic Excess in "The Albanian Virgin" by Alice Munro Read Against The Broken April by Ismail Kadare

  7. Marta Goszczyńska

  8. "A Play of Fear and Laughter": Gothic Excesses in A.S. Byatt’s Possession


    II. Look Now: Gothic in Film

  9. Dorota Babilas

  10. Monstrosity and Suffering in the Roles of Lon Chaney

  11. Raluca Andreescu

  12. A Portrait of the Artist as a Vampire in Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive


    III. Little Ones Love to Be Afraid

  13. Sandra Mills

  14. Grotesque Creations: Brutality, Terror and the Puppet Pinocchio

  15. Aleskandra Mochocka

  16. Gothic, Commodities, and Culture: the Monster High Franchise and the Processes of Incorporation and Excorporation

    IV. Gothic Spaces

  17. Krzysztof Majer

  18. Disturbing "the sleep of substance": Nabokov’s and Millhauser’s Haunted Museums

  19. Bridget Marshall

  20. Fright Factories: Nineteenth-Century Industrial Gothic

  21. Joanna Kokot

  22. A Criminal Intrigue in a Gothic Scenery: Castle Skull by John Dickson Carr


    V. Gothic Monstrosities

  23. Stephen Oravec

  24. Monstrous Educators: The Wendol of Michael Crichton’s Eaters of the Dead

  25. Zofia Kolbuszewska

  26. H. P. Lovecraft, Horrific Creation, and Post-humanism


    VI. Transgressing Boundaries and Crossing Borders

  27. Eva Čoupková

  28. Gothic Elements in the Novel Valérie a týden divů by Vítězslav Nezval

  29. Krzysztof Kosecki

  30. Life, Politics, Science, and Art: Poe’s "Raven" and Its Re-interpretations by Sastre, Witkiewicz, and Pleijel

  31. Katarzyna Małecka

Stranger than Fiction: Gothic Themes in Bereavement Memoirs of Spousal Loss

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Agnieszka Łowczanin is Assistant Professor in the Department of British Literature and Culture at the University of Łódź, Poland, where she teaches courses on British literature, culture and history.. Her main areas of academic interest are the diversities and paradoxes of the eighteenth century and the potentialities of Gothic aesthetics in literature and film. She coedited a volume of critical essays, All that Gothic (2014), and published numerous articles on various aspects of the Gothic. Her monograph A Dark Tranfusion: The Polish Literary Response to Early English Gothic is going to be published in 2018.

Katarzyna Małecka is Assistant Professor and Chair of the English Department at the University of Social Sciences, Łódź, Poland, where she teaches courses on American literature and culture. Her main areas of research are death and grief in American poetry and life writing. She is the author of Death in the Works of Galway Kinnell (Cambria Press, 2008) as well as of numerous articles on death and grief in literature and culture. She has been awarded the Fulbright Senior Award Scholarship for the 2017/2018 academic year to work on a research project at the University of Memphis, Tennessee, focusing on the use of modern bereavement memoirs in grief therapy. Currently, she is working on a book analyzing the social, cultural, and therapeutic characteristics and applications of modern bereavement memoirs.