Conference Theme

Our conference theme, "Gothic Cults & Gothic Cultures," reflects a growing interdisciplinary interest in gothic studies. Our title implies engagement with the dialectic in literary scholarship between margins and centres, genres and anti-genres, and similar divisions within other perspectives: Cults can be seen as involved in alternative readings of traditions; and cultures as hegemonic and tradition-making. We invite current work by scholars exploring the role of the Gothic in the frictions between cults and cultures as they construct canonicity, legitimacy, and tradition.



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