CFP: Investigating Identities in Young Adult (YA) Narratives, 13 December 2017, The University of Northampton — Open Graves, Open Minds

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…

via CFP: Investigating Identities in Young Adult (YA) Narratives, 13 December 2017, The University of Northampton — Open Graves, Open Minds

Crimson in Tooth and Claw: Darwinism, degeneracy, and Crimson Peak

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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.

LucilleBeautiful 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.

Spoilers below.

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