"My revenge is just begun! I spread it over centuries and time is on my side" (Dracula, 1897). This conference, which marks the centenary of Bram Stoker's death, will take place at the University of Hull, UK and Whitby from 12-14 April 2012.
The conference explores the iconic significance of Stoker's vampire novel and seeks to reappraise Stokerís work within its fin-de-siŤcle cultural climate. It is also interested in examining the broader context of the changing nature of Gothic productions from the late eighteenth century to the present. Using Dracula as a key point in the evolution of the genre, the conference is keen to explore the novelís Gothic predecessors and influences, and the manner in which Stokerís fiction renewed the Gothic for future generations.
How do the Gothicís early themes of despotic rulers and fathers, grim prophecies, supernatural embodiments, incarceration, labyrinthine passages and corridors, threatened females, and sexual deviancy transform in subsequent cultural outputs from novels, theatre, films, television and computer games? How has the Gothic in its modern manifestations and variations sustained itself into a fourth century?
The organizing committee invites 250-300 word abstracts for 20 minute papers. Send abstracts to Dr Catherine Wynne (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 1 May 2011.
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