Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Gothic Trespass: Borders, Bodies, Texts


Screening: Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive (AVAYA Auditorium, POB 2.302)


PANEL 1 (9:00-10:30, SAC 5.118) Revisiting African-American Gothic

Arline Wilson (University of Delaware) - Prison, Torture, and Living Death: Gothic Discourse and Inter-psychic Trauma

Stephanie Schoellman (University of Texas at San Antonio) - Things are Getting Real…Gothic: The Realgothik as a Decolonizing Literary Agent

Kourtney Senquiz (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) – Gothic Doubling in Nineteenth Century African American Literature

Respondent: Alejandro Omidsalar, UT Austin

PANEL 2 (10:45-12:15, SAC 5.118) Pop Gothic

Karen Grumberg (UT Austin) – Hebrew Gothic: from the Political to Pop

Victor Bouvéron (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) – The Gothic Aesthetic  in the Life and Songwriting of Tennessee Blues Musician Ray Cashman

Michael Mlekoday (University of California, Davis) – “A ghost dressed in weeds”: Transcorporeality and Ecopsychoanalysis in Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing

Respondent: Blake Atwood, (UT Austin)

Lunch, 12:15-1:30

PANEL 3 (1:30-3:00, SAC 5.118) Violence, Home, and the Nation

Kimberly Fanshier (Portland State University) – “Till Her Breath Was Stopped”:Frontier Domestic Homicide and the Terrorized Shape of a Nation

Mattius Rischard (University of Arizona)– Brushing with an African Reality: Mitford’s Gothic Psychology in The Sign of the Spider

Katherine Wise (Kingston University, London) – Haunting: Lost Borders and Complex Peripheries

Respondent: Katya Cotey (UT Austin)

KEYNOTE LECTURE (4:00-5:00, AVAYA Auditorium, POB 2.302)

Catherine Spooner (Lancaster University, UK) – “It’s just the traveling that’s such a drag”: Mobility, Tourism, and Globalized Vampires in Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive 


PANEL 4 (9:00-10:30, SAC 5.118) Possession & Puppetry

Susan Poznar (Arkansas Tech University) – No Trespassing Zones in Shirley Jackson’s the Haunting of Hill House

Elizabeth Richmond-Garza (UT Austin)– Monstrous Marionettes: Surface and Disidentification in Wilde

Cat Conway (Goldsmiths College, University of London) – More beautiful and voluptuous than ever: Exploring the transformation of female vampire representation through poetics

Respondent: Emily Harring (UT Austin)

PANEL 5 (10:45-12:30, SAC 5.118) Visualizing Trespass

Michail Markodimitrakis (Bowling Green State University) – Crossing the Netherworlds in a Nightgown: Disobedient Adolescents in Pan’s Labyrinth and Stranger Things

Tom Garza (UT Austin) – Gogol’s Hand: Remembering/Dismembering Ukraine in Russian Productions of Viy

Joshua Kierstead (University of Iowa)– Transnational Influences of the Female Gothic Film

Harmon Siegel (Harvard) – The Madwoman in the Museum: The Gothic Drama of Modern Art in Maya Deren’s Witch’s Cradle

Respondent: Kelly Houck (UT Austin)

Lunch & Concluding remarks, 12:30-1:30

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