Young Adult Gothic Fiction

This project brings together authors, figures from the publishing industry, academics and young adult readers to explore  the surge of Gothic writing aimed at children and young adults in the last ten to fifteen years.

Young Adult Gothic fiction is part of a tradition of Gothic writing spanning three centuries, but is also inextricably related to broader contemporary popular and literary cultures.  Going beyond Twilight, this project takes young adult gothic seriously, exploring some of the questions it elicits, including the gendering of the Gothic; the use of meta-fictional techniques to interrogate the production of history; the role of horror in writing for children and young adults; the relationship between Gothic and branding, marketing and consumption; and the wider cultural changes that have taken place that have allowed and encouraged Gothic to become a dominant mode in children’s publishing.

Our first symposium will take place on the 27th September, 2013.

Hosted and funded by Lancaster University, the event will allow academics, fiction writers, publishers, and schools to share their knowledge and understanding of young adult gothic fiction.

The day will include presentations by Dr Catherine Spooner and Chloe Buckley, from Lancaster University, as well as readings and talks by selected authors. Currently, our confirmed author speakers for the day include:

  • Chris Priestley
  • Celia Rees
  • Marcus Sedgwick
  • Sarah Singleton

For further information about the event, please see our website.

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