"Gothic Landscapes: Changing Eras, Changing Cultures, Changing Anxieties" due 6/15/14

full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Sharon R. Yang, Professor, English Department, Worcester State University
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The Gothic is a genre that emerged during the turmoil leading up to and caused by the French Revolution. Its symbolic use of shattered landscapes, natural and human made, challenging the view of the individual and society as ordered and rational, continues to evolve to reflect the anxieties of the eras and changing cultures of the nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first centuries. Ruined castles and mansions, blasted heaths, and ominous mountains and cliffs give way to uncharted lands for colonization, mean streets and urban jungles, sinister laboratories, gruesome battlefields, the labyrinth of political and economic conspiracies, and the dark unknowns of the human mind and body themselves. This collection will explore how Gothic's use and refashioning of its generic landscapes trace the changing social and philosophical concerns in the centuries since its development to the present in literature. We are looking for essays that will explore how landscape in the Gothic is adapted across various time periods, geographies and cultures to reflect shifting cultural anxieties, concerns, and values.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words by June 15, 2014 to either of the following individuals. Email submissions preferred. Abstracts may be submitted via email or snail mail. Snail mail submissions should include an SASE:

Dr. Sharon Rose Yang
55Elmwood Street
Auburn, MA 01501

syang@worcester.edu

or

Dr. Kathleen Heaely
P.O. Box 376
Eastford, CT 06242

khealey@worcester.edu