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

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The Gothic II

Session Chair: 
Beth Ptalis Hough, Independent Scholar
Session 8: Saturday 3:30-5:00pm
RCC Raincross B
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  1. Eric Brownell, University of Minnesota
    I argue that, in All About Eve (1950), writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz refigures Gothic conventions, which he had previously employed to address the West's relationship with fascism, to liken the American culture industry and McCarthyism to fascist forms of power. 
  2. Diana Rose Newby, Columbia University
    Through Gothic invocations, Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger (2009) complicates generic notions of narrative totality and form.  The novel, I will argue, utilizes unreliable narration to expose the tangled relationship between reader and text.  As an active inhabitant of Gothic architecture, the reader is subversively implicated as the “little stranger” haunting Hundreds Hall.
  3. Anastassiya Andrianova, North Dakota State University
    Although it borrows its title and subject from Rod Daniel’s 1985 film, Jeff Davis’ MTV series Teen Wolf (2011) places “a greater emphasis on romance, horror and werewolf mythology.”  Drawing on animal studies, I argue that Davis’ contemporary iteration of the Gothic werewolf motif is also a serious reflection on the relationship between humans and animals. 
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