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Gothic Modernisms

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Event Date: 2023-03-23 Abstract Due: 2022-09-30

This panel welcomes papers exploring the connections between the gothic genre and literary modernism. Inspired by the work of scholars such as Sam Wiseman, Linda Dryden, David Punter, and the late John Paul Riquelme, this session will consider how and why gothic elements such dark doubles, the uncanny, the return of the repressed, haunted spaces, etc. enter modernist writing. Often thought of as a genre of gratuitous spookiness, overwrought romance, and stagey melodrama, the gothic’s association with so-called ‘low-culture’ allows modernist texts to speak to larger cultural fears and neuroses and provides modernism with a dramatic and aesthetic vocabulary for encountering questions of evil, anxiety, the relationship between the natural and the supernatural, and more, within the context of the rapid economic changes and major geopolitical crises of the twentieth century.

Possible topics could include:

-gothic ‘low’ culture in modernist texts

-gothic modernism and affect

-images of evil/the gothic villain in modernist literature

-gothic femininity/the gothic heroine in modernist literature

-the gothic and twentieth-century war

-industrial gothic in modernist texts

-colonial gothic in modernist texts

-modernist dark doubles

-the modernist uncanny

-Gothic hauntings in modernist spaces and texts

-the Gothic and the non-human in modernist texts



Catherine Enwright