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

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Gothic Returns: The Familiar in Contemporary American Gothic

Session Chair: 
Chad Luck, California State University, San Bernardino
Session 2: Friday 10:45am-12:15pm
RCC Meeting Room 8


  1. Bri Lafond, California State University, San Bernardino
    I argue that Capote’s Other Voices, Other Rooms is less about individual queer actualization, but rather about establishing larger support structures for the queer community, particularly in the form of the specially chosen—or curated—family. In particular, Capote harnesses the tropes of Southern Gothicism by symbolizing family structures—both extant and burgeoning—through a series of “haunted” houses that the queer protagonist must enter and explore.
  2. Trista Payte, California State University, Northridge
    This paper will explore the ways in which Joyce Carol Oates’ “Haunted” utilizes the traditional gothic trope of the haunted past to explore the ways in which heteronormative pressure can create an abjection of non-normative sexuality, but cannot provide an escape from the ghost of desire left in abjection’s wake. 
  3. Angel Lua, California State University, San Bernardino
    In this paper we will revisit The Shining and analyze the sensory fragments projected by the Torrance family’s visions for a meta-modern interpretation. I will use the documentary Room 237, in addition to past criticism, to explicate scenes of sensuality, violence, and grotesqueness that evoke the familiarity in the Overlook Hotel’s specters. I will also shift between Kubrick’s vision and the cultural expectations/audience reception of the late 20th century horror film genre to further empower the viewer’s interpretation of the film.
  4. Jon Blandford, Bellarmine University
    While we usually think of Gothic temporality in terms of the past returning to haunt the present, this paper argues for its potential to operate in the other direction, analyzing the extent to which Uncle Tom’s Cabin might be read as “haunted” by future events.
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