IGA 2019 Keynotes

Gothic Terror, Gothic Horror

15th conference of the International Gothic Association: IGA 2019

July 30 – August 2, 2019, Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois, United States

The IGA is delighted to announce our plenary speakers and special guest speaker for ‘Gothic Terror, Gothic Horror’, taking place this year at Lewis University in the USA.

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Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet

Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet is Professor of American Literature and co-director of the MA Specialization Program in American Studies at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. Her publications include The Poetics and Politics of the American Gothic: Gender and Slavery in Nineteenth Century American Literature (Ashgate, 2010), The Gothic in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture (co-editor, Routledge, 2012), and most recently, War Gothic(co-edited with Steffen Hantke, Routledge, 2016), and Neoliberal Gothic: International Gothic in the Neoliberal Age (co-edited with Linnie Blake, MUP, 2017). She has also recently published articles on Edgar Allan Poe, feminism, queer theory, war adventure and melodrama, among other topics.

Karen E. Macfarlane

Karen Macfarlane is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada. She has published on monsters in popular culture at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, most notably, “Zombies and the Viral Web” (Horror Studies, 2018), “Here Be Monsters” (Text Matters 2016), “The Monstrous House of Gaga” (PopGoth, 2012), and “Mummy Knows Best” (Horror Studies, 2010). She has also published on contemporary politics and the Gothic, including “Market Value: American Horror Story’s Housing Crisis” (Neoliberal Gothic, 2017).

William Veeder

William Veeder is Professor Emeritus of English and American Literature at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Henry James: The Lessons of the Master: Popular Fiction and Personal Style in the Nineteenth Century (University of Chicago Press, 1975), and the co-author of The Woman Question: Society and Literature in Britain and America, 1837-1883, with Elizabeth K. Helsinger and Robin Sheets (University of Chicago Press, 1989). Among his works on the Gothic are Mary Shelley and Frankenstein: The Fate of Androgyny (University of Chicago Press, 1988), and “Children of the Night: Stevenson and Patriarchy” in his collection edited with Gordon Hirsch, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde after One Hundred Years(University of Chicago Press, 1988). His other publications and talks on the Gothic focus on Monk Lewis, Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, J. S. Le Fanu, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Ambrose Bierce, Bram Stoker, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, William Faulkner, Djuna Barnes, Gaston Leroux and Andrew Lloyd Weber, Witold Gombrowicz, and Toni Morrison. He is now writing a Gothic novel entitled Pierce.

Special Guest Speaker: Julian Sands

Special guest speaker Julian Sands, who plays Percy Bysshe Shelley in Ken Russell’s Gothic, will join IGA conference delegates for a screening of the film followed by a discussion, poetry reading, and book signing of John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley: Essential Poemshttps://www.lewisu.edu/IGALewis/speakers.htm