112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Gothic Childhood

Session Chair: 
Kate Carnell Watt, University of California, Riverside
Session 5: Saturday 8:45-10:15am
Marriott Salon II
Topic Area: 


  1. Yarely Alejandre, San Diego State University
    Throughout the film, the main character, Elsa, is continually forced into spaces that depict gothic patriarchal oppression, which stems from the improper education she receives from her parents.Elsa becomes a physical representation of the break within the physical laws that govern humanity and excess, since she has unexplainable fantastical powers. 
  2. Haley Hartzell, San Diego State University
    In this paper, I will argue that Harry Potter functions as the gothic heroine during the majority of the novel, while Hermione Granger embodies a revised gothic hero. These portrayals of gender suggest that characters do not need to be coded in binaries of female and male, but rather that there exists of a sliding scale of gender performance that allows these portrayals to be both moving and believable.
  3. Kassia Waggoner, Friends University
    Cheryl Glenn argues that silence can be more powerful than speech, a discursive strategy, which is especially pertinent to the study of the Gothic genre. Merricat Blackwood becomes both damsel in distress and the madwoman in the attic by means of her strategic silence and those that wish to silence her.
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