UPDATE: The Transatlantic Turn of the Gothic: New Directions in Dark Romanticism

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Monika Elbert, Montclair State University and Bridget Marshall, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
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[Deadline Extended]

Call for Papers for an edited collection:

The Transatlantic Turn of the Gothic: New Directions in Dark Romanticism

Paul Giles, Richard Gravil, and numerous other scholars have brought to our attention the importance of transatlanticism in the study of literature; the Gothic in particular, with its characteristic focus on transgression, is fertile ground for exploring outside, in-between, and across traditional borders. In "A Transatlantic Romantic Century," William Keach insists that categories such as the Gothic "demand to be understood as historical developments that connect as well as differentiate British and American culture" (31). While eighteenth- and nineteenth-century writers and readers of the Gothic no doubt took transatlanticism for granted, twentieth and twenty-first century critics, have, for the most part, kept critical studies of the Gothic tightly within national borders. We propose to free the Gothic from such strictures by creating an essay collection that explores the full extent of the global proliferation of the Gothic. We seek proposals for essays that cross national borders in a variety of ways; at this point in the process, we will explore a broad conception of the term "Gothic." We are eager to consider essays from the earliest Gothic texts through the early 20th-century.

Some possible topics or points of origin include:
• Caribbean Gothic
• Individual authors of the Gothic who are transatlantic themselves or in their writing (e.g., James, Wharton)
• Authorial influences (e.g., Scott, Walpole, or Ludwig Tieck on American Gothic; Poe on French authors)
• Science, Technology, or Medicine in the Gothic
• Changes and adaptations in Gothic themes/conventions for different cultures
• Catholicism and other religious practice
• Gothic and the slave trade
• Transatlantic trade in gothic books
• Reader responses beyond national borders
• Relationships to local history and the history of the Gothic
• Gender/Sexuality and the Gothic
• Gothic Empire (or Gothic and Empire)
• Postcolonial Gothic
• Competing theoretical paradigms for American vs. English vs. Continental Gothic

Please send 500-word proposals by May 15th, 2010. If proposals are accepted, final essays should be 5,000 to 6,000 words and submitted by September 15th, 2010. Queries and questions welcome.
Please send your proposal and a brief bio or C.V. (one-page) to both editors:

Bridget M. Marshall
University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Monika Elbert
Montclair State University