New Approaches to Gothic Literature: Panel at 2018 ASECS Annual Meeting, March 22-25

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Geremy Carnes
contact email: 

As the bicentennial of the publication of the early Gothic’s masterpiece, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, 2018 is
an ideal time to reconsider how we understand the aesthetic qualities, ideological underpinnings, historical
development, and cultural work of Gothic literature. Derided as juvenile or worse through most of the
nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the Gothic has enjoyed a resurgence in interest among scholars in recent
decades—and of course, it has never lost the interest of popular audiences. This panel seeks papers from
scholars of literature, history, art history, religion, science and technology studies, and other fields which break
new ground in the study of the Gothic, a genre that is at once instantly recognizable and yet elusive of easy
definition. Papers that seek to bridge the gap—or to thoughtfully chart out the terrain of the gap—between
scholarship on early Gothic literature and scholarship on the Gothic in contemporary popular culture are
particularly welcome.

Please send abstracts of 350 words to by September 15, 2017.