CFP: [General] Global Gothic: a postgraduate symposium

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Glennis Byron and Dale Townshend

Date: Saturday 1 December 2007
Place: Department of English Studies, University of Stirling, Scotland.
Plenary Speakers: David Punter and Fred Botting

If received literary histories of the form are anything to go by, the Gothic is a decidedly western
cultural phenomenon. Taking its cue from Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto in 1764,
Gothic convention, or so the story goes, would enjoy its heyday in England during the 1790s,
crossing the Atlantic to enter into some of the fictions of the new American republic. And yet, as
even a cursory glance at popular culture suggests, contemporary Gothic is anything but an
exclusively western phenomenon. Japanese horror cinema, postcolonial hauntings, and the rich
tradition of European vampire tales are only a few examples of the Gothic’s cultural thriving
outside of the Anglo-American frame. Though initially, at least in England, the product of
extreme Protestant xenophobia, Gothic conventions have been appropriated by writers, cultures
and nations far beyond the peripheries of the western world. But are these techniques of horror
and terror still, strictly speaking, “Gothic”? Of course, cyber-culture and the world-wide-web
have done much for the Global dissemination of the Gothic. But perhaps the Gothic has always
been a Global mode.

Critics in various countries are now starting to identify their own national traditions, traditions
which have emerged and developed in their own distinct cultural and political contexts. In recent
years, there has been a growing sense of a less nationally circumscribed idea of a ‘Gothic’ mode.
This one-day postgraduate symposium seeks to elicit papers on the Global Gothic, not only in its
contemporary manifestations, but also potentially in its older, historical versions too.

We invite papers from postgraduates and postdoctoral fellows/early researchers. Abstracts of
around 250 words should be sent to
or by 31 October 2007.

Possible topics might include:
Gothic and globalisation
Gothic and Cyber-culture
The role of technology in the production of a global Gothic
Gothic or gothic?
Gothic and the Global war on terrorism.
Glocal Gothic
Postcolonialism and the Gothic
Indian/African/Australian/Asian and other national Gothic traditions
Manifestations of Gothic figures (vampires, ghosts, etc) in and across various cultures
European Gothic
Occidental/Oriental Gothic exchanges
Gothic, orality and indigenous folklore
Psychoanalysis and the global Gothic
Asian Horror Cinema
Manga and Japanese Horror
Cross-cultural Gothic
Gothic art, dance, music of different cultures

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