The Return of the Repressed: Gothic Studies Past and Present, UEA, 26/27 June – Programme

We thought we’d circulate the programme for ‘The Return of the Repressed: Gothic Studies Past and Present’ symposium taking place at The Forum in Norwich on the 26th and 27th of June. This symposium will celebrate and commemorate the crucial work of Gothic, teachers, writers and critics, that have been associated with UEA, as well as reflect both on the past of Gothic writing and criticism, but also speculate about the present and future directions that Gothic studies might take.

The Return of the Repressed: Gothic Studies Past and Present at UEA

An International Symposium 26-27th June 2015

Venue: The Forum, Norwich

Conference Venue: Curve auditorium, the Forum.

Tea/Coffee breaks: Curve lobby, the Forum


Day One: Friday 26 June

09.00-09.30:  Registration and Welcome (Reception area outside Fusion)

09.30-11.00: Panel 1:

1. Mark Jancovich (UEA) ‘ “Antique Chiller”: Quality, Pretention and History in the Critical Reception of The Innocents and The Haunting.’

2. Helena Bacon (UEA) ‘ “Ok, I’ll die, but don’t shoot me again:’ The Weird West in Patrick Brautigan’s The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western. 

3. Danielle Hancock, ‘And Here is your Host…: Evolutions of Gothic Narration in the Old Time Radio Horror’

11.00-11.30: Tea/Coffee

11.30-12.45: Plenary 1: Helen Wheatley (Warwick): ‘The Ghosts of Gothic Television’

13.00-14.00: Buffet Lunch (Forum Atrium)

14.00-15.30: Panel 2:

1. Peter Kitson (UEA) ‘Gothic and Orientalism’

2. Vic Sage/Jake Huntley (UEA) ‘Norwich Gothic: William Taylor, John Polidori and the Aikens.’

3. To be confirmed.

15.30-16.00:  Tea/Coffee

16.00-17.15: Plenary 2: David Punter (Bristol): ‘Season of the Witch.’

17.30: Wine Reception.

Day Two: Saturday 26 June

09.00-09.30: Tea/coffee

09.30-11.00: Panel 3

1. Amanda Dillion (UEA), ‘ “You know – experiments, the way they do”: The Meta-Gothic in Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and The Cabin in the Woods.’

2. Linda McCarthy (UEA), ‘Rosemary’s Baby:  The Gothic, Modernity and Religion in the Late 1960s.’

3. Mark Fryers (UEA), ‘ “Water, Water Everywhere:” The Gothic Sea in British Film and Television.’

11.00 – 11.30: Coffee

11.30-12.45: Plenary 3: Thomas Elsaesser (Amsterdam), ‘Contingency and Coincidence as the Ruins of Time: W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn as Gothic Uncanny.’

13.00-14.00: Lunch (not provided).

14.00-15.00: Panel 4:

1. Tim Snelson (UEA) ‘From True Crime to Gothic Realism: Evaluating the Ethics and Aesthetics of Sixties Serial Killer Movies.’

2. Rachel Mizsei Ward (UEA). ‘ “Munchkin Cthulhu, My Little Cthulhu and Chibithulu: The Transformation of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu from Horrific Body to Cute Body.”

15.00-15.30: Special Session: Rebecca Stott (UEA) ‘Gothic and Creative Writing’

15.30-16.00: Tea/coffee

16.00-17.15: Plenary 4: Peter Hutchings (Northumbria), ‘Whatever happened to the British horror film?

17.15: Break Up

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