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Ghost Stories: A Halloween Special

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In celebration of Halloween, this month's Gothic Women seminar is all about ghost stories!

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Be they tales whispered in the darkness or stories told by the fireside, the ghost story has long been a staple of the Gothic mode. Many Gothic writers of the Romantic period wrote ghost stories for magazines and giftbooks such as 'The Keepsake', whilst a number of Gothic novels feature tales told within the narratives themselves. But although ghost stories are a key Gothic convention, their significance as a narrative form has often been overlooked.

The Gothic Women October seminar will explore the ghost story and the supernatural as a global phenomenon, showcasing its significance in women's Gothic writing.

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Emma Liggins (Manchester Metropolitan University), ‘Meddling with sorcery’: Spiritualism, the occult and forsaken women in the 1890s Ghost Stories of Lettice Galbraith

Agnieska Łowczanin (The University of Lodz), ‘Anna Mostowska: the first female writer of ghost stories in Polish’

Kathleen Hudson (Anne Arundel Community College/US Naval Academy), 'Ghost stories in Regina Maria Roche’s Clermont (1798)'

About us:

Gothic Women is an ongoing, collaborative project supported by the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS), building to an in-person conference in 2023. Our Mary Shelley event is the first of several free online gatherings. Find out more on our website here: https://gothicwomenproject.wordpress.com/

Our logo, designed by Melanie Bonsey (University of Sheffield), is inspired by Valperga, Mary Shelley’s second full-length novel, published in 1823. Bonsey uses the image of the sprig of myrtle, an important symbol in this book, a work of historical fiction set in early fourteenth-century Italy.

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