113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Gothic I

Session Chair: 
Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Session 5: Friday 5:40-7:10pm
Studio Suite (PH-ET)
Topic Area: 


  1. Victoria Barnett-Woods, George Washington University
    This paper will discuss the Caribbean Gothic as a genre that incited both political and especially religious anxieties in the West Indian colonies. 
  2. Lori Martindale, Whatcom Community College
    In Edgar Allan Poe’s “Morella,” the narrator describes Morella as possessing arcane philosophical and literary knowledge; she studies theories of identity, ancient Poetry, Plato, and the German philosophies of Johann Gottlieb Fichte and Friedrich W. J. Schelling. Like Poe’s “Ligeia,” Morella dies and the doppelgänger returns. Morella, like Ligeia, Rowena, and Lenore, embodies the past and “play[s] the Teian with >time” (87) through a subsequent haunting of the narrator, illuminating the power of Poe’s dead characters.
  3. Kristen J. Davis, West Virginia University
    This analysis considers Richard Marsh’s 1897 gothic novel The Beetle in relation to fin de siècle anxieties, particularly sexual deviancy, empire, and venereal disease. At a time of “colonial syphiliphobia,” to extend Showalter’s term, The Beetle suggests the necessity of regulating venereal disease abroad to protect the vitality and superiority of the Mother country as it conservatively warns against the potential consequences of dabbling with the sexually “primitive” and “dangerous” Orient.
Session Cancelled: