Gothic and Racism
*Collection of essays analyzing the various manifestations of racism in Gothic narratives: literature, film, TV, architecture *Essays range from traditional topics and interpretations of Gothic as vehicle for racism to Gothic as subversion and resistance to white, heteronormative privilege.
Gothic is a culture of alterity: it explores the Other and it posits itself as an Other. It found its roots in the concerted efforts of eighteenth-century authors who longed for the simple and exciting plotlines of medieval romances. At the same time, they were careful to populate other countries and/or other eras with ghosts, vampires, and monstrous villains. More recently, Gothic studies have flourished alongside a plethora of Gothic fiction, movies, and TV shows. These new works employ the genre's conventional themes and cast of characters, while adding new features for new audiences.
The perception of the Other has changed while a predilection for othering has endured. Our primary goal with this collection of essays is to contribute to the nascent field of Postcolonial Gothic Studies, understood binomially as a postcolonial version of "Gothic studies" and as the study of "postcolonial Gothic."
Avishek Parui – Gothic Horror and Racial Infection in Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Meital Orr – Abramovitch’s The Mare: Russian Imperialism and the Yiddish Gothic Novel
Joanna Wilson – Strange Gods, Monstrous Aliens, and the Ignoble Savage: Racism and the Self/Other Dichotomy in the Gothic Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft
Jessica E. Birch – The Appropriation of the Gothic in Charlaine Harris’ Dead until Dark
Mark Henderson – Bigger Faustus: The Purpose of Diabolism in Richard Wright’s Native Son
Monalesia Earle – Women of Colour in Queer(ed) Space: Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Fall on Your Knees
Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni, Mariana Zarate, and Patricia Vazquez – Return of the Slaveholding Repressed Past in Three Horror Films: Cloe, Love is Calling You (1934), Poor Pretty Eddie (1975), and White Dog (1982)
Lance Hanson – A House Divided: Post-Imperial Gothic in American Horror Story: Murder House (Fox TV, 2011)
Cristina Artenie – Forever beyond the Forrest: Dracula and the Neo-Victorian Editors
Ipshita Nath and Anubhav Pradhan – Mutiny Memorial: Imperial Gothic in Victorian Delhi