Presented by Penn English and the Center for Italian Studies
This conference asks scholars to consider the Gothic's function across differing "states"—as a language both for addressing incipient nationalisms, and for representing divided consciousness, whether sexual, political, filial, or religious. The most powerful Gothic texts, in fact, place these concerns in dialogue with one another, depicting individuals and communities under duress in times of upheaval. Plenary speakers will be Maurizio Ascari (University of Bologna), Robin Furth (Marvel Comics), Diego Saglia (University of Parma), and Angela Wright (University of Sheffield).
Support from the School of Arts & Sciences, the University Research Foundation, the Wolf Humanities Center, the Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory, the Cinema and Media Studies Program, the Restoration-Victorian Reading Group, and the Gen/Sex Reading Group.