CFP: “If Walls Could Scream. Gothic Houses Across Media”. SEMINAR for Conference of

full name / name of organization: 
Francesca Saggini (University of Tuscia, Italy) and Anna Enrichetta Soccio (University of Chieti, Italy)
contact email: 
fsaggini@unitus.it and esoccio@unich.it

Gothic Technologies/Gothic Techniques
Biennial Conference of the International Gothic Association, 2013
August 5 – 8, 2013: University of Surrey, United Kingdom

CFP: Seminar entitled “If Walls Could Scream. Gothic Houses Across Media”
Convenor: Prof. Francesca Saggini (Università della Tuscia, Italy)
Co-Convenor: Prof. Anna Enrichetta Soccio (Università “G. d’Annuzio”, Chieti, Italy)

As famously put it by Roderick Usher in Poe’s masterpiece short story, Gothic houses have an influence on their dwellers, shaping their bodies and destinies to the point that not only the physique but also the life stories of the house and its inhabitants merge and intertwine. From “The House and the Brain” to The Cabin in the Wood, along an architectural route winding by castles, birthing houses, caves, and dens, attics and cellars, panic rooms and haunted apartments, via Bedlam Heights and the Overlook Hotel, dwellings are ubiquitous signifiers of Gothic across media. The convenors of the Seminar welcome proposals addressing the forms, significance and the multiple transmediations of Gothic houses and dwellings, from the Early Modern period to contemporaneity. Proposals systematizing the topic from transdisciplinary and theoretical standpoints are particularly welcome.
Please, address proposals (max. 300 words) to both Francesca Saggini fsaggini@unitus.it and Anna Enrichetta Soccio esoccio@unich.it enclosing current position, affiliation, a brief bio-blurb, and a working email address. Proposals should indicate clearly texts discussed and the main argument pursued. Deadline of submission: 31 December 2012. Acceptance communicated in line with the 2013 IGA Conference schedule. For further information on the IGA Conference please see http://www.iga.stir.ac.uk/conf.php

cfp categories: 
victorian