Zaproszenie - konferencja All That Gothic 2

The Department of British Literature and Culture and the Department of American Literature and Culture kindly request the pleasure of your company at the plenary lectures for the All that Gothic 2: Excess and Exuberance Conference, which will take place on 9-11 October 2014.

On Thursday, October 9, at 14.20 in AULA A2
at the Institute of Philology on Pomorska 171/173
Catherine Spooner from Lancaster University
will give a talk:
A Bad Romance: Beauty and Horror in the Work of Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) is one of the most celebrated fashion designers of our time. Strikingly, Gothic themes dominate his work, from his MA graduation collection inspired by Jack the Ripper to the incomplete collection reworking medieval religious art he made immediately before his death. In anticipation of a major exhibition to be held at London's Victoria and Albert Museum in 2015, this paper will assess exactly what is Gothic about McQueen's designs, delving into his influences, imagery, and (re)construction of the female body. It will demonstrate that Gothic in fashion is about more than wearing black; rather, it enables Gothic literary and cinematic themes to be played out on the body in a complex and nuanced way.

Catherine Spooner is Senior Lecturer at County College, Lancaster University. Her first book, Fashioning Gothic Bodies, examined the relationship between Gothic literature and dress from the French Revolution to Goth subculture. This was followed by Contemporary Gothic, an exploration of contemporary uses of Gothic in literature, film, television, fashion, art and consumer culture. She is currently working on an AHRC-funded research project entitled Post-Millennial Gothic: Comedy, Romance and the Rise of Happy Gothic, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2015.

On Friday, October 10, at 14.15 in AULA
in the Conference Centre on Kopcińskiego 16/18
Agnieszka Soltysik-Monnet from Lausanne University
will give a talk:
War Gothic

The Gothic genre has a long and intimate entanglement with warfare and violence. This presentation offers an overview of the different ways the Gothic intersects with war and focuses specifically on what could be called "Battlefield Gothic," the depiction of injured bodies. These representations activate critical frames that include the Gothic, the grotesque, horror, and sometimes black humor, and are always characterized by excess.

Agnieszka Soltysik-Monnet is Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Lausanne. Her recent publications are: The Poetics and Politics of the American Gothic: Gender and Slavery in the Nineteenth Century American Gothic (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2010), Emotion, Affect and Sentiment: The Language and Aesthetics of Feeling (Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 2014) co-edited with Andreas Langlotz, and The Gothic in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture: Pop Goth (London: Routledge, 2012) co-edited with Justin D. Edwards.

On Saturday, October 11, at 11.15 in AULA
in the Conference Centre on Kopcińskiego 16/18
Zofia Kolbuszewska from John Paul II University
will give a talk:
H.P. Lovecraft, Horrific Creation, and Post-humanism

In her lecture Zofia Kolbuszewska will consider the relation of Lovercraft's epistemological awe – which neutralises the psyche of man who then perceives matter as passive and inanimate – to gothic ekphrasis depicting animate image and to occult attempts to synthetise life and represent monstrosity. The works under analysis will be "Rats in the Walls," "Pickman's Model" and "The Picture in the House."

Zofia Kolbuszewska is Professor of American Literature at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and the author of The Poetics of Chronotope in the Novels of Thomas Pynchon (2000) and The Purloined Child: American Identity and Representations of Childhood in American Literature 1851-2000 (2007).