CFP: Essay Collection, “Supernatural” and the Gothic Tradition

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CFP: Essay Collection, “Supernatural” and the Gothic Tradition (abstracts: 15 March 2015)

Essays are invited for an edited collection of essays focusing on the television series “Supernatural” and its relationship to the Gothic tradition. This study seeks to examine how the series is directly tied to Gothic concerns of anxiety, the monstrous, family/generational trauma, curses, and of course, the supernatural itself. In addition to these overarching themes, the series provides a rich framework with which to discuss major Gothic sub-genres such as the Comic Gothic, Suburban Gothic, Political Gothic, Female Gothic, and Postmodern/Meta Gothic. As a television show, “Supernatural” also allows connections between the Gothic and reception studies (such as comparisons of Gothic serialization on the page and screen). The collection is under contract with McFarland Press and will be part of their expanding Pop Culture series. Essays may examine any aspect of the representation of the Gothic/supernatural within the…

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