Welcome back to another exciting weekend of Romancing the Gothic classes! This week we’re taking on two fascinating subjects. You can find details of, and sign up for, any of our upcoming classes here. Sign up links for individual events are underneath the description.
Saturday 18th – Eerie Food: Eating and Being Eaten in Victorian Children’s Fiction with Anna Gasperini
This 2-hour talk concentrates on the horrific/Gothic aspects of food in Victorian children’s literature. Food and eating in children’s literature are powerfully charged with a variety of meanings, often in juxtaposition to each other; therefore, food may be the source of delight and disgust, of glee and terror, of satisfaction and horror. This contradictory element is particularly emphasised when the eater becomes food; the interchangeability of these two roles in children’s literature being the horrific catalyst of action in many children’s narratives.
In my talk, after providing participants with an overview of Victorian children’s literature and the theme of eerie food in children’s literature more in general, I shall explore the themes of gluttony, bad table manners, cannibalism, abjection and punishment in Victorian children’s literature. In particular, I shall focus on three authors – Catherine Sinclair, Juliana Horatia Ewing, and Christina Rossetti – whose work provides excellent ground for analysis of these subjects.
Sunday 19th – ‘Life Finds a Way: Jurassic Park as Gothic Franchise’ with Roxanne Douglas
In this talk Dr Roxanne Douglas, The University of Warwick, discusses how the Jurassic Park franchise films are secretly Gothic, with challenges to gender conventions (“Life Finds a Way”), displaced figures of the past encroaching on the present, eco-Gothic flourishes, contextual suspicion of ‘test tube babies’ and in the most recent addition to the franchise there is even a haunted house and eerie double.