"Simply put, there is absolutely nothing on the market with the range of ambition of this strikingly eclectic collection of essays. Not only is it impossible to imagine a more comprehensive view of the subject, most readers - even specialists in the subject - will find that there are elements of the Gothic genre here of which they were previously unaware."
- Barry Forshaw, Author of British Gothic Cinema and Sex and Film
The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic is the most comprehensive compendium of analytic essays on the modern Gothic now available, covering the vast and highly significant period from 1918 to 2019. The Gothic sensibility, over 200 years old, embraces its dark past whilst anticipating the future. From demons and monsters to post- apocalyptic fears and ecological fantasies, Gothic is thriving as never before in the arts and in popular culture. This volume is made up of 62 comprehensive chapters with notes and extended bibliographies contributed by scholars from around the world. The chapters are written not only for those engaged in academic research but also to be accessible to students and dedicated followers of the genre. Each chapter is packed with analysis of the Gothic in both theory and practice, as the genre has mutated and spread over the last hundred years. Starting in 1918 with the impact of film on the genre's development, and moving through its many and varied international incarnations, each chapter chronicles the history of the gothic milieu from the movies to gaming platforms and internet memes, television and theatre. The volume also looks at how Gothic intersects with fashion, music and popular culture: a multi-layered, multi-ethnic, even a trans-gendered experience as we move into the twenty first century.
Clive Bloom is Emeritus Professor at Middlesex University, UK. He has written numerous books on popular literature, gothic fiction, history and politics. He is a broadcaster and occasional journalist who has been quoted in both the Washington Post and Pravda and has an entry in the Columbia Book of World Quotations.
Clive Bloom: Introduction to the Volume: Welcome to Hell.-
1: Global Gothics.- Ines Ordiz & Sandra Casanova.- Vizcaino: Latin American Horror.- Joan Passey: Dark Tourism.- Antonio Alcala Gonzalez: Twentieth Century Mexican Gothic Literature.- Tijana Parezanovic and Marko Lukic: Dark Urbanity.- Jessica Gildersleeve: Contemporary Australian Trauma.- Gina Wisker: Gothic Postcolonialisms.- Naomi Simone Borwein: Strains of the South.- Angela Elisa Schoch/Davidson: Indigenous Alterations.- Tosha R Taylor: Hillbilly Horror.- Gerry Del Guercio: Southern Agrarianism and Exploitation.- 2: Hostile Environments.- Lauren Stephenson: The Male Body in British 'Hoodie' Horror.- David Annwn Jones: Green Trends in Euro-horror Films of the 1960s and 1970s.- Emily Alder and Jenny Bavidge: Ecocriticism and the Gothic Genre.- Kaja Franck : The Wilderness.- Paulina Palmer: 'Queer' Representations of Rural and Urban Locations.- 3: Occult Gothic.- James Machin: Making Occult Meaning.- Timothy Jones: The Black Magic Story.- 4: Dark Romance.- Holly Hirst: Twentieth Century Gothic Romance.- Holly Hirst: Georgette Heyer.- 5: The Body in Pieces.- Xavier Aldana Reyes: Abjection and Body Horror.- Tosha R Taylor: Torture Porn.- 6: Psychological Gothic.- Laura R. Kremmel: The Gothic Asylum.- Lauren Christie: Psychopaths, Sociopaths and the Psychotic Mind.- Bob Shepherd: Beyond the Unfeeling Narcissus to Patrick Bateman.- 7: Post Human Gothic.- Naomi Borwein: Global War from Tokyo to Barcelona.- Holly-Gale Millette: The Posthuman Interstellar Gothic Genre.- Antonio Alcala Gonzalez: Degeneration in H. P. Lovecraft and William Hope Hodgson.- James Machin: Lovecraft, Decadence, and Aestheticism.- 8: Zombie Gothic.- Kelly Gardner : Zombie Folklore to Existential Protagonists.- Kelly Gardner : The Sentient Zombie.-
9: New Vampire Gothic.- Simon Bacon: Transmedia Vampires.- Simon Bacon: The Post-human Vampire.- Laura Davidel: Monstrosity, Performativity and Performance.- 10. Gothic Film.- Laura Sedgwick: Ghostly Gimmicks: Spectral Special Effects in Haunted House Films.- Brian Jarvis: Universal Horror.- Stacey Abbott: Arthouse Gothic Cinema.- Tanja Jurkovic: The Horror Genre in Balkan Cinema.- Agnieszka Kotwasinska: The Gothic in Slavic Cinema.- Joana Rita Ramalho: Gothic Gender Politics in a High-Camp, Lowbrow Musical.- Murray Leeder: Roger Corman.- Brian Jarvis: David Lynch.- 11. Gothic Television.- J S Mackley: Doctor Who: Identity, Time and Terror.- J S Mackley Nigel Kneale and Quatermass.- Stephanie Mulholland: Dark Costume in Contemporary Television.- Chelsea Eddy: Wildlings, White Walkers, and Watchers on the Wall of Northumberland's Borderland.- Tanja Jurkovic: Contemporary Grand Guignol.- 12. Gothic Music.- Joana Rita Ramalho: The Blasphemous Grotesqueries of The Tiger Lillies.- Antonio Alcalá González: The Return of the Past in Black Metal Lyrics.- 13. Interactive Gothic.- Jen Baker: Interactive and Movable Books in the Tradition.- Jon Garrad: The Evolving Genre of the Vampire Games.- Erika Kvistad: The Digital Haunted House.- David Langdon: Anxiety in the Digital Age.- Tosha R Taylor: Horror Memes and Digital Culture.- Alison Bainbridge : Virtual Desert Horrors.- Madelon Hoedt: Immersive and Pervasive Performance.- 14. Gothic Lifestyle.- Victoria Amador: Fashion Gothwear.- Alex Bevan: Walking with the Lancashire Witches.- Jennifer Richards: The Influence of the Gothic in High Fashion.- Jenevieve Van-Veda: The Geisha Ghost.- 15. Young Gothic.- Chloe Buckley: Encounters with the "hidden" world in Modern Children's Fiction.- Michelle Smith & Kristine Moruzi: Gender and Sexuality in Young Adult Fiction.- Julia Round: Horror Hosts in British Girls' Comics.- Valeria Iglesias: Lemony Snicket.- 16. Gothic Auteurs.- Simon Brown: James Herbert's Working Class Horror.- Mark Richard Adams: Clive Barker's Hellraiser.- Sian MacArthur: Re-defining the Gothic Genre with Mo Hayder.- Brian Jarvis: Stephen King.- 17. Theoretical Gothic.- Giles Whiteley: Three French Modernists.- Matt Foley: Dark Modernisms.- 18.
Post Modern Gothic.- Joakim Wrethed: The Postmodern Genre.- Marko Lukic and Tijana Parezanovic: Heterotopian Horrors.- Michail-Chrysovalantis Markodimitrakis: The New Batman.-
List of Contributors to the Volume.-