Spectral Gothic: Demon(s)trating the Monstrous

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Alison Younger (University of Sunderland) and Martyn Colebrook (Independent Scholar)

Straddling the geographic and cultural borders between Scotland and Ireland and sprawling over the many textual genres it incorporates, haunts and appropriates, Celtic Gothic remains a fertile and productive topic for contemporary scholarship which embodies a range of time periods, often benchmarked as moving from the writing of Hogg and Scott to present day. As much a hybrid as a double, the Gothic is a nexus and a thematic nuclear that lends itself well to an interrogation of Celtic culture. Following the success of the Spectral Gothic symposium in June 2012 at the University of Sunderland, proposals are invited for an interdisciplinary collection of essays oriented around "Celtic Gothic".
The editors identify many pertinent themes and topics including but not limited to:
• Celtic Connections in the Celtic Gothic
• Monsters and the monstrous
• Mad Men and Wild Women in the Celtic Gothic
• Transformations and Intertextualities
• Celtic Gothic and Film, Drama, Art and Music
• The Haunters in the Dark: Celtic Gothic and Transnational Influences
• Politicising the Celtic Gothic

Alison Younger (University of Sunderland) and Martyn Colebrook (Independent Scholar) invite abstracts of 300 words to be submitted electronically to

alison.younger@sunderland.ac.uk and martyncolebrook@gmail.com

Deadlines for submission of abstracts is 1st May 2013. Please put "Celtic Gothic Collection" in the subject line and your proposal will be acknowledged.