From Global Gothic into Horror: Archaeologies of Reincarnations, Politics of Parody, and the Aesthetics of Subversion
* Seminar Organizer: Juan G. Ramos, UMass Amherst
While some scholars agree that the effulgence of Gothic texts coincides with the rise of Romantic sensibilities and the Gothic revival in architecture, in fact, gothic elements were employed before the eighteenth century and continue to be used since then in a number of media, including films,
television, music, literary texts, and other cultural artifacts.
This panel seeks papers that trace the dissemination of gothic sensibilities and aesthetics into a global context, but also how the concept of gothic has become resignified through time. What are some of the socio-cultural and political changes that marked the historical shift from gothic into horror? In what ways does horror employ or co-opt gothic aesthetics and how is contemporary gothic feeding from horror aesthetics? Considering the multiple reincarnations of gothic in a variety of media and spheres of
cultural production, what are some of the aesthetic propositions that each one makes? How have postcolonial and neogothic texts employed the politics of parody? In terms of visual, aural, and linguistic aesthetics, how have contemporary cultural texts subverted gothic conventions and appropriated them to create politically charged discourses? What roles have gender and queer studies played in reshaping the artistic production and scholarly analysis of contemporary gothic texts? How are we to understand the continued interest in shows like Ghost Hunters, The Paranormal State or Ghost Whisperer? An exploration of early horror/gothic films, non-canonical literary texts, paintings and sculptures, music videos, TV shows, and any papers addressing any of the aforementioned lines of inquiry are welcome.
Please submit paper proposal directly through the ACLA conference website.
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