CFP: [International] Gothic Sensations - Sensational Gothic (09/10-12/09)
Gothic Sensations â€" Sensational Gothic
University of Salford, UK, 10-12 September 2009
The recent (re)turn to the study of emotion in literary studies invites a
reconsideration of the Gothic as a mode that relies on the emotional
response of those who are confronted with the uncanny and who, as a
result, experience fear. The ways in which writers represent emotional
response and immediacy is central to understanding the Gothic as a force
that transcends and transmutes culturally enforced structures of (self-)
control and the fashioning of gender roles and stereotypes.
>From extensive phantasmagoric descriptions of imagined encounters with
the fear-inspiring â€œotherâ€ to the actual (infectious) touch and the
consequent sensations experienced through this Gothic encounter, the
human subject becomes a resonance body as well as a container of emotion
the latter of which through fear and the uncanny overflows spontaneously
and cathartically releases emotional response.
This international conference on â€œGothic Sensations â€" Sensational Gothicâ€
aims to explore the complex fields of emotion in Gothic and sensation
fiction from 1765 to 1900. The organizer invites proposals (max. 300
words) for 20-minute papers on any aspect of the conference theme. It is
planned to publish revised and expanded versions of selected papers.
Conference team: Janice Allan, Lucie Armitt, Scott Brewster and Sandro
Please submit proposals and queries via email to
Alternatively, proposals can be sent to:
Gothic Sensations â€" Sensational Gothic conference
University of Salford
Salford M5 4WT
The deadline for submission of proposals is 1 June 2009.
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