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All that Gothic

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Edited By Agnieszka Lowczanin and Dorota Wisniewska

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the history, aesthetics and key themes of Gothic, the main issues and debates surrounding the genre along with the approaches and theories that have been applied to Gothic texts and films. The volume discusses a wide range of 18 th and 19 th century texts and moves into 20 th century literature and film. It explores the cultural resonances created by the genre and raises a variety of issues, including the ways in which Gothic monstrosity mimics same-sex desire and social transgression. The texts included in the volume argue that Gothic film and fiction animated the darker shadows of the dominant culture.
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Elena Baeva is currently working on her PhD thesis at the Department of English, American and Celtic Studies at Bonn University. Her dissertation examines the role of contemporary matereferential literary (novels) and audiovisual works (films, TV series, web series, computer games) in today’s mediated society.

Barbara Braid is Assistant Lecturer at the English Department in Szczecin University, Poland. She has published a number of book chapters on Victorian, neo-Victorian, lesbian and gothic literature. She is currently a PhD candidate at Opole University, Poland, working on a dissertation on the motifs of female insanity in the Victorian and neo-Victorian novel. Her academic interests include also gender performativity theory, masculinity studies, queer theory and fan studies. Since 2010 she has been a Conference Leader for the Femininities and Masculinities conferences organised by Interdisciplinary.Net.

Elisabeth Bronfen is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Zurich and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. A specialist in 19th and 20th century literature she has written articles in the area of gender studies, psychoanalysis, film, cultural theory and visual culture. Among her book publications are Over Her Dead Body. Death, Femininity and the Aesthetic (Manchester University Press), a collection of essays Death and Representation, co-edited with Sarah W. Goodwin (Johns Hopkins University Press) and Literature, Philosophy, Film published with Columbia University Press in 2013.

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