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New Directions in 21st-Century Gothic

The Gothic Compass, 1st Edition

Edited by Lorna Piatti-Farnell, Donna Lee Brien


238 pages

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This bookbrings together a carefully selected range of contemporary disciplinary approaches to new areas of Gothic inquiry. Moving beyond the representational and historically based aspects of literature and film that have dominated Gothic studies, this volume both acknowledges the contemporary diversification of Gothic scholarship and maps its changing and mutating incarnations. Drawing strength from their fascinating diversity, and points of correlation, the varied perspectives and subject areas cohere around a number of core themes — of re-evaluation, discovery, and convergence — to reveal emerging trends and new directions in Gothic scholarship. Visiting fascinating areas including the Gothic and digital realities, uncanny food experiences, representations of death and the public media, Gothic creatures and their popular legacies, new approaches to contemporary Gothic literature, and re-evaluations of the Gothic mode through regional narratives, essays reveal many patterns and intersecting approaches, forcefully testifying to the multifaceted, although lucidly coherent, nature of Gothic studies in the 21st Century. The multiple disciplines represented — from digital inquiry to food studies, from fine art to dramaturgy — engage with the Gothic in order to offer new definitions and methodological approaches to Gothic scholarship. The interdisciplinary, transnational focus of this volume provides exciting new insights into, and expanded and revitalised definitions of, the Gothic and its related fields.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Gothic Compass Lorna Piatti-Farnell and Donna Lee Brien 1. Gothic Affect: An Alternative Approach to Critical Models of the Contemporary Gothic Xavier Aldana Reyes 2. The Gothic Landscape of Tale of Tales Games: Unresolved Quests for Meaning Maria Cohut 3.Adapting Gothic Literature for Animation Hannes Rall and Daniel Jernigan 4. Rock Hard: Gargoyles in Contemporary Gothic Romance Gwyneth Peaty 5. Monster Mash-Ups: Features of the Horror Musical Emily Petermann 6. Gothic 2.0: Remixing Revenants in the Transmedia Age Anthony Mandal 7. Cyberfangs: Online Communities and the Gothic Hypercharacter Lorna Piatti-Farnell 8. Hypertext and the Creation of Choice: Making Monsters in the Age of Digital Textual (Re)Production Anya Heise-von der Lippe 9. Writing ‘Lesbian, Gay-Type Lovers’: Buffy, Postmodern Gothic and Interruptions to the Lesbian Cliché Emily Gray 10. Unsettled and Destabilising Life Writing: The Gothic Memoir Donna Lee Brien 11. Impersonating Spirits: The Paranormal Entertainer and the Dramaturgy of the Gothic Séance Nik Taylor 12. "Til Death Do Us Part": A Reflection on Gothic-inspired Trends in Contemporary Wedding Cake Decoration Carmel Cedro 13. Resurrection: A Gothic Revival in Irish Fine Art Practice Tracy Fahey

About the Editors

Lorna Piatti-Farnell is Senior Lecturer in Communication Studies at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, and President of The Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia.

Donna Lee Brien is Professor of Creative Industries in the School of Creative and Performing Arts, Central Queensland University, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to literary studies, it engages with topics such as philosophy, science, race, gender, film, music, and ecology. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture