Gothic Academia

The International Gothic Association is committed to promoting Gothic publications, academic centres and networks, and educational opportunities. We offer resources for all those interested in the Gothic. Please contact us if you wish to promote your work / group.


Books and monographs
Gothic death 1740–1914, A literary history

By: Dr. Andrew Smith

Gothic death 1740-1914 explores the representations of death and dying in Gothic narratives published between the mid-eighteenth century and the beginning of the First World War. The book investigates how eighteenth century Graveyard Poetry and the tradition of the elegy produced a version of death that underpinned ideas about empathy and models of textual composition. Later accounts of melancholy, as in the work of Ann Radcliffe and Mary Shelley, emphasise the literary construction of death. The shift from writing death to interpreting the signs of death is explored in relation to the work of Poe, Emily Brontë and George Eliot. A chapter on Dickens examines the significance of graves and capital punishment during the period. A chapter on Haggard, Stoker and Wilde explores conjunctions between love and death and a final chapter on Machen and Stoker explores how scientific ideas of the period help to contextualise a specifically fin de siècle model of death.


Haunted Landscapes: Super-Nature and the Environment

Haunted Landscapes: Super-Nature and the Environment, edited by Ruth Heholt and Niamh Downing, is to be published by Rowman Littlefield in November 2016. It is part of their Place, Memory, Affect series and includes an essay by ex-IGA president William Hughes and lots of other material to interest Gothicists.


Open graves, open minds: Representations of vampires and the Undead from the Enlightenment to the present day

This collection of interconnected essays, published in 2013) relates the Undead in literature, art and other media to questions concerning gender, race, genre, technology, consumption and social change.
A coherent narrative follows Enlightenment studies of the vampire’s origins in folklore and folk panics, the sources of vampire fiction, through Romantic incarnations in Byron and Polidori to Le Fanu’s Carmilla. Further essays discuss the Undead in the context of Dracula, fin-de-siècle decadence, Nazi Germany and early cinematic treatments. The rise of the sympathetic vampire is charted from Coppola’s film, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight. More recent manifestations in novels, TV, Goth subculture, young adult fiction and cinema are dealt with in discussions of True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and much more.


Aeternum: The Journal of Contemporary Gothic Studies (ISSN2324-4895) – is an open-access biannual on-line journal, which is endorsed by the Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia, but remains an independent entity. Articles published in Aeternum are peer-reviewed (double blind) in their entirety, before publication, by at least two independent qualified experts. The purpose of the Journal is to provide an emphasis on contemporary Gothic scholarship, bringing together innovative perspectives from different areas of study. Prospective contributors are welcome to discuss ideas for articles with the Editor Dr Lorna Piatti-Farnell prior to submission,

“Fantastika” – a term appropriated from a range of Slavonic languages by John Clute – embraces the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, but can also include alternative histories, gothic, steampunk, young adult dystopian fiction, or any other radically imaginative narrative space. The goal of Fantastika Journal and its annual conference is to bring together academics and independent researchers who share an interest in this diverse range of fields with the aim of opening up new dialogues, productive controversies and collaborations. We invite articles examining all mediums and disciplines which concern the Fantastika genres. Fantastika Journal is now accepting submission for its first special edition. Please visit:

Revenant journal is pleased to announce a special issue of the online open access peer-reviewed journal Revenant: Critical and Creative Studies of the Supernatural on Werewolves to be published this summer. The issue is guest edited by Janine Hatter and Kaja Franck. General submissions of academic and creative work on the supernatural and ideas for other guest edited issues are always welcome.


Online engagements
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International Centre for Gothic Studies
The Centre for the History of the Gothic
Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies

Manchester Metropolitan University

The Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia

The Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia was founded by Dr Lorna Piatti-Farnell (Auckland University of Technology) in 2012. It brings together scholars, students, teachers, artists, and writers who have a shared interest in the Gothic. The Association is academic in nature and takes an interdisciplinary perspective which unites all aspects of Gothic culture, including literature, film, music, technology, popular culture, architecture, and fashion. The Association hosts biennial conferences, usually in late-January, held in either Australia or New Zealand. The next conference is to be held in Auckland in January, 2017 (see CFP attached). The Association’s current President is Dr Lorna Piatti-Farnell (

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Open Graves Open Minds

The Open Graves, Open Minds project will become a recognised research centre in January 2017 – please visit

Dr. Samantha George will be the director and Prof. Owen Davies who is a specialist in magic and witchcraft will be also be taking a lead role. Our next conference will be on witches and magical beings in 2018. We will also be organising a series of research seminars and symposia for the launch of the Open Graves, Open Minds Research Centre in 2017. This year will also see us launch the Books of Blood project in collaboration with the Wellcome Institute. This is a touring exhibition and series of performances on blood as text and symbol in modern culture. Please see: This will launch in Limerick in collaboration with Dr Tracy Fahey in autumn 2017.

Undergraduate Courses
University of Lancaster

ENGL 322 Writing the Lancashire Witches

ENGL 367 The Byron-Shelley Circle

ENGL 371 Victorian Gothic

ENGL 390 Monstrous Bodies

ENGL 391 Premodern Gothic

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Portland State University

Eng 37U: American Gothic Literature

Eng 304U: Classics of Gothic Film

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Rider University

English 375: Gothic Literature and Sexuality

English 214: Monsters in Literature

American Studies 375: American Gothic

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University of Hertfordshire

‘Generation Dead: Young Adult Fiction and the Gothic’ (Level six)

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Manchester Metropolitan University

‘Modern Gothic’ (level 6, year 3)

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Postgraduate Courses
University of Stirling

Masters in the Gothic Imagination

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University of Lancaster

ENGL 423: Contemporary Gothic: Text and Screen

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University of Hertfordshire

Reading the Vampire’ (Modern Literary cultures MA)

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Manchester Metropolitan University

MA in English Studies: The Gothic, including core units ‘The Rise of the Gothic’, ‘Twentieth-Century Gothic’ and ‘Post-Millennial Gothic’

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