Gothic horror, from its inception in the 1760s, has always reflected the societal mores and fears of the era it has been created in, whether consciously, or (perhaps more potently) unconsciously. Gothic literature can function as a snapshot, a lens for the fears and prejudices of the time in which it was created. However, the gothic also has a complex relationship with the past, and with history as a discipline. Much of the early body of gothic fiction was set in the past, often in the form of a ‘found’ historical document, whilst in the new wave of gothic from the 1880s onwards the past functions as an inescapable nemesis, returning to haunt malefactors.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

The conference will examine three connections between gothic literature and history:

Papers can address any chronological period, from the eighteenth century to the present, and any particular national gothic form. Subjects could include, though are by no means limited to:

Abstracts of up to 300 words should be sent to by 28 January 2022.

Last modified 3 August 2021