This symposium on Investigating Identities in Young Adult (YA) Narratives offers opportunities for researchers in YA Gothic and fantastic genres, which is a core part of OGOM’s own research. Sam will be delivering a plenary on the validity of teaching YA fictions within and outside of the university, drawing on her very successful undergraduate course…
Lucille: They’re dying. They take the heat from the sun, and when it deserts them, they die.
Edith: How sad.
Lucille: No, it’s not sad, Edith. It’s nature. It’s a world of everything dying and eating each other right beneath our feet.
Edith: Surely there’s more to it than that.
Lucille: Beautiful things are fragile. At home we have only black moths. Formidable creatures, to be sure, but they lack beauty. They thrive on the dark and cold.
Edith: What do they feed on?
Lucille: Butterflies, I’m afraid.
This exchange between would-be writer Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) and her soon-to-be sister-in-law (among other things), Lucille Sharpe (Jessica Chastain), takes place early in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Gothic romance’, Crimson Peak (2015). Certainly, there’s a lot going on in the film, a gleeful mishmash of Gothic tropes, but for me, it’s this conversation that stands out.
This post originally appeared on my other blog in December 2015.
Last Wednesday saw the annual Assuming Gender lecture at Cardiff University, a thoroughly engaging paper by Professor Catherine Belsey titled “Women in White,” which promised to explore “the gender politics of apparitions.”
I’ve started this blog in order to separate my academic and fiction writing personae, and I’ll be moving the academic posts across from my other blog in order to keep that one for the fiction. Maybe there’ll even be some new content sometime this year…
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