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Gothic Metamorphoses across the Centuries

Contexts, Legacies, Media


Edited By Maurizio Ascari, Serena Baiesi and David Levente Palatinus

This collection of essays brings together an international team of scholars with the aim to shed new light on various interconnected aspects of the Gothic through the lens of converging critical and methodological approaches. With its wide-ranging interdisciplinary perspective, the book explores the domains of literary, pictorial, filmic, televisual and popular cultural texts in English from the eighteenth century to the present day. Within these pages, the Gothic is discussed as a dynamic form that exceeds the concept of literary genre, proving able to renovate and adapt through constant processes of hybridisation. Investigating the hypothesis that the Gothic returns in times of cultural crisis, this study maps out transgressive and experimental modes conducive to alternative experiences of the intricacies of the human (and post-human) condition.

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About the Contributors


Gioia Angeletti took her Ph. D in Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow in 1997. She is Associate Professor of English literature at the University of Parma. Her major publications include: as author, Eccentric Scotland: Three Victorian Poets. James Thomson (“B. V.”), John Davidson and James Young Geddes (2004), Lord Byron and Discourses of Otherness: Scotland, Italy, and Femininity (2012) and Nation, Community, Self: Female Voices in Scottish Theatre from the Late Sixties to the Present (2018); as editor, “Esotismo/Orientalismo”, a double issue of La Questione Romantica (2004), Emancipation, Liberation, and Freedom: Romantic Drama and Theatre in Britain, 1760–1830 (2010), and, with Valentina Poggi, a volume on the Scottish playwright Joan Ure (2010). She is presently working on an issue of La Questione Romantica entitled East/West Encounters and Transits in Romantic Literature and Culture (co-edited with Lilla Maria Crisafulli), and on a book-length study about Scottish migration literature (Mungo Park, John Leyden, and Thomas Pringle) in the Romantic period.

Maurizio Ascari teaches English Literature at the University of Bologna (Italy) and is the author of multiple books, essays and edited collections on crime fiction. His Counter-History of Crime Fiction (2007) obtained a nomination for the Edgar Awards. His research has recently focused on the development of the psychological thriller and on the 20th century metamorphoses of the Gothic.

Serena Baiesi is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Bologna where she teaches British Romanticism. She is member of the Inter-university...

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