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

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The Gothic I

Session Chair: 
Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Session 7: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
RCC Raincross B
Topic Area: 


  1. Franz Potter, National University
    This paper will examine specifically manifestations of sadism, exploitation and violence in three popular Gothic chapbooks.
  2. Ashley Jagodzinski, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    This paper explores the overlooked genre of Gothic sea fiction and its relationship to nineteenth-century transatlantic anxieties about identity, nationhood, and the past. 
  3. Melanie Hernandez, California State University, Fresno
    Harper’s Iola Leroy deploys a strategy of conspicuous respectability (towards 19th C African American uplift) that depends on her readers’ ability to recognize the hallmarks of a gothic plotline, which she then subverts through the refusal-to-pass trope in order to diffuse the fears surrounding miscegenation.
  4. Nowell Marshall, Rider University
    This paper argues that Gothic authors from the Victorian period (Bram Stoker) up to the present (Anne Rice, Stephen King, Isaac Marion) have depicted excessively white bodies as monstrous to pathologize a variety of gendered and sexual practices, including female sexuality, religious mania, same-sex attraction to colonial bodies, and alternative family structures.
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