A Gothic-Without-Borders Conference in March 10th-13th 2021,
hosted by the Department of World Languages and Literatures (WLL)
at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Vancouver, Canada,
coordinated by the SFU Center for Educational Excellence (CEE), and
co-sponsored by the International Gothic Association (IGA)
“In the first place, a blazing star or comet appeared for several months before the plague, as there did the year after another, a little before the fire. The old women …. remarked…that those two comets passed directly over the city, and that so very near the houses that it was plain they imported something peculiar to the city alone; that the comet before the pestilence was of a faint, dull, languid colour, and its motion very heavy, Solemn, and slow…and that, accordingly, one foretold a heavy judgement, slow but severe, terrible and frightful, as was the plague.
– Daniel Defoe, A Journal of the Plague Year 1665 (1722)