Gothic Times Symposium, 26th Oct

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Image credit: Michelle Shore Illustration https://michelleshoreillustration.co.uk/
Date: Saturday 26 October 2019

Time: Conference 8.50am – 4.40pm
Wine reception 4.40pm – 5.30pm

Location: Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University

Tickets: £10 – Available here

Organised by Dr Linnie Blake

In the opening decades of the twenty-first century, with Trump in the White House and Brexit on the horizon, Angela Carter’s famous assertion of 1974 that ‘we live in Gothic times’ has never been more apt. But from the eighteenth century onwards, the Gothic mode has routinely placed the present moment under scrutiny, exploring the terrors of the age whilst calling into question the comforting fantasies upon which the established order rests. In this, the Gothic text might be seen to offer a culturally and politically engaged exploration of the historic period in which each text was produced, interrogating the contemporary present even as it calls into question standard historical narratives about the past.This one-day conference will present 20-minute talks on all aspects of Gothic Times. These may focus on any aspect of Gothic culture – literature, film, television, music, graphic novels, games, Goth subcultures, and more. Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to:

The Gothic and History / Gothic Histories
The Gothic as social and political critique
Gothic narratives in (and out of) time
Gothic temporalities – time in the Gothic text
Gothic of the present moment: Trump and Brexit
Projecting the Future – Gothic/SF fusions

This event is part of the 7th annual Gothic Manchester Festival which is themed on ‘Gothic Times’. This year the festival will span the whole of October with a whole range of events exploring the Gothic throughout time for you to get involved in.
The Manchester Gothic Festival is organised by the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. Find out more details and our full events schedule on our website: mmu.ac.uk/english/gothic-studies/gothic-manchester-festival/

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