Sensation, Reason, ImaginationGothic Evolutions, 28th-30th October 2011

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Andrew McInnes, University of Exeter
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This conference pursues two linked aims: first, to explore the Gothic's relationship with science – fact, fiction and fantasy – especially its fascination with the cognitive, psychological and biological underpinnings of sensation, reason and imagination; and second, to trace the evolution of the Gothic genre itself through history, architecture, literature, film, television and popular culture. We welcome the submission of 250 word abstracts for 20 minute papers that may address, but not be limited by, the following topics: the Gothic and science; the Gothic through history; the Gothic and literary theory; male, female and queer Gothics; Gothic fashions; goth culture; twenty-first century Gothic; the future of the Gothic.

The conference will launch two new books on the Gothic by Exeter academics: Nick Groom's 'Gothic: A Very Short Introduction' and Corinna Wagner's 'Gothic Evolutions: Poetry, Prose and Theory, 1742-1910'.