Arctic, Antarctic Gothic

deadline for submissions: 
April 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Aporetic Press
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 “Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized” (Graham Harman, Guerilla Metaphysics).

Aporetic Press invites the submission of abstracts for a collection of essays on Arctic and Antarctic Gothic.

Given the importance of questions of materiality and realism in contemporary critical theory and philosophy, it is not surprising that ascribing agency to inorganic phenomena or thinking through the horror of nature has become the central focus for explorations for these questions. This collection will seek to examine representations of the Arctic, Antarctic and cold landscapes in gothic and horror media from the nineteenth century to the present in order to discuss the ways in which such desolate, cold, dark and indifferent landscapes become the embodiment of monstrosity and horror. Arctic Gothic narratives are attempts to understand an indifferent natural world within which the subject is trapped and confronted by unknown and incomprehensible powers, entities and things.

Topics may include (but are definitely not limited to) the following:

  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Frankenstein
  • Environmental gothic
  • Whiteness
  • Inhuman
  • Edgar Allan Poe’s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
  • Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness
  • Carpenter’s The Thing
  • Horror movies set in snowy landscapes
  • King and Kubrick’s The Shining
  • Moss’ Cold Earth
  • Black Metal


Please submit a 250 word abstract by 30 April 2018 to