[CFP] Gothic Afterlives: The Reincarnation of Horror in Film and Television

deadline for submissions: 
May 28, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Lorna Piatti-Farnell, Auckland University of Technology

PLEASE NOTE: This CFP closed in 2017. If you are encountering it any time in 2022 or afterwards, it is due to an error in the system. Thank you. 


Twenty-first century media have seen a rise not only in remakes and ‘re-imaginings’, but also transmedia adaptations, works based in nostalgic callbacks, fan-written versions of media, and genre-bending remixes. While a wider body of work exists on transmedia storytelling and adaptation, Gothic horror remakes are still a rich and largely unexplored subject, even as interest in the remake phenomenon continues to grow. And yet, the history of Gothic horror in film and television is rich in re-adaptations, and re-conceptualizations, where the literary roots of Gothic horror tropes, narratives, and characterizations continue to resurface and uncannily return.

This edited collection, intended as a volume for Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield’s ‘Remakes, Reboots and Adaptations’ series, seeks to address the multi-faceted reincarnations of Gothic horror in contemporary film and television. Gothic Afterlives sets out to say something about who we are, where we’ve come from, and where we’re going, as read in our popular culture and the stories we tell ourselves over and over again.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

-       film and television remakes of iconic Gothic horror figures and texts

-       transnational and transcultural remakes of Gothic horror film and television

-       hybridity, canon, and genre-bending Gothic horror remakes

-       nostalgia and remaking/readapting Gothic horror

-       discourses of gender/race/ethnicity/class/national identity in Gothic horror remakes and adaptations

-       issues of recycling and stereotyping in Gothic horror

-       Gothic horror narratives and historical (in)accuracies

-       the literary roots of contemporary Gothic horror media

-       Gothic horror remakes and the internet

-       Gothic horror remakes/adaptations and fandom

-       multimedia Gothic horror remakes and adaptations (games, comic books, and more)

Abstracts (300 words max) are due for submission on 28 May 2017. Please send your abstracts, together with a short bio (100 words max), to the editor of the collection, Dr Lorna Piatti-Farnell: lorna.piatti-farnell@aut.ac.nz. Authors whose abstracts are provisionally accepted for inclusion will be notified by 18 June 2017. Full chapters will be due on 1 September 2017.