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The Gothic in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture

Pop Goth, 1st Edition

Edited by Justin Edwards, Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet


212 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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This interdisciplinary collection brings together world leaders in Gothic Studies, offering dynamic new readings on popular Gothic cultural productions from the last decade. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: contemporary High Street Goth/ic fashion, Gothic performance and art festivals, Gothic popular fiction from Twilight to Shadow of the Wind, Goth/ic popular music, Goth/ic on TV and film, new trends like Steampunk, well-known icons Batman and Lady Gaga, and theorizations of popular Gothic monsters (from zombies and vampires to werewolves and ghosts) in an age of terror/ism.

Table of Contents

Introduction: PopGoth Now, Justin D Edwards and Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet 1. Love Your Zombie: Horror, Ethics and (post)Humanity, Fred Botting 2. Vampires, Mad Scientists, and the Unquiet Dead: TV Ubiquity and the Gothic’s Own Demise, Linnie Blake 3. Being Human?: Twenty-First Century Monsters, Monica Germanà 4. The Monster, Within: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Anatomy of Redemption, Stephanie Marriott 5. Vampirism, Monstrosity, and Negotiations of Race in Francis Lawrence’s I Am Legend, Dorothea Schuller 6. Batman as PopGoth Icon, Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet 7. Gothic, Grabbit, and Run: Carlos Ruiz Zafón and the Gothic Marketplace, Glennis Byron 8. Adolescence and (Re)capitulation in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Series, Rachael McLennan 9. The Monstrous House of Gaga, Karen Macfarlane 10. Spectral Liturgy: Of Goth Parties and Gothic Music, Isabella van Elferen 11. Under their Own Steam: Autopoesis and Steampunk Culture, Gail Ashurst and Anna Powell 12. "‘Boo!’ to taboo": Burlesque, Circus, Walkabouts, and Museums of Curiousities, Emma McEnvoy 13. ‘Forget Nu Rave, We’re Into Nu Grave!’: Styling Gothic in the 21st Century, Catherine Spooner Contributors Index

About the Editors

Justin D Edwards is Professor of English at the University of Surrey.

Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet is Professor of American Literature at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture