Call for Abstracts for NEMLA Roundtable: Gothic Television

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association
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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

2019 Convention: March 21-24, Washington DC

Roundtable: GOTHIC TELEVISION (Session 17503, Aoise Stratford, Cornell University)


Since its emergence as a literary and dramatic form at the end of the eighteenth century, the Gothic has enjoyed enormous popularity (and often controversy). From the French Revolution, through the Fin de siècle, and in many of the postcolonial landscapes of the twentieth century, the Gothic’s heightened emotions, dangerous morality, coded politics, and spectacular aesthetics have effectively articulated a host of social anxieties. Today, Gothic narratives have found a home on television, as shows from Twin Peaks to True Blood, and from Buffy The Vampire Slayer to Game of Thrones attest.


Abstracts are solicited for short roundtable presentations that consider the ways in which television can be construed as Gothic, and/or that interrogate what the concept of a ‘Gothic Television’ might suggest about the Gothic’s longevity and mutability. Participants will have the opportunity to share a brief (5-10 minute) presentation on their research ideas and then engage in roundtable discussion. Questions we might explore in presentations and discussion include but are not limited to:

  • How does the earlier Gothic’s wild popularity and mixed critical reception emerge in the sphere of television studies and fan culture?
  • How does Gothic television engage the contemporary cultural anxieties of a global audience?
  • How do the subgenres of American and Southern Gothic function transnationally?
  • How have some of the conventions and tropes of the Gothic been adapted for twenty-first century television?
  • How does the Gothic both construct and challenge the social construction of monstrosity?
  • How does seriality serve and/or complicate Gothic narrative structures?
  • How does television’s domesticity take up the once enormous public spectacles of Gothic drama?


Please submit abstracts of 300 words or less outlining a brief (5-10 minute) roundtable presentation that address the topic of Gothic Television for the March 2019 NEMLA Convention to be held in Washington DC. Abstracts are due September 30, 2018 acceptance will be announced October 15, 2018. All abstracts for session 17503, Gothic Television, should be submitted online via the NEMLA website and portal:  Questions can be addressed to Roundtable session chair, Aoise Stratford