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Gothic Melodrama and the Aesthetic of Silence in Thomas Holcroft‘s A Tale of Mystery
Diego Saglia

Focusing on melodrama and on Thomas Holcroft‘s exemplary A Tale of Mystery (1802) in particular, this essay proposes a reinterpretation of Gothic drama and theatre as constitutively characterized by interruptions of comprehension. The tribulations of its persecuted protagonist Francisco are read in the context of the court trial of a real-life Francisco, who lived in London in 1802 and was one of the ‘stars’ in contemporary newspaper reports from the Old Bailey. Combining different generic and tonal modes, Romantic-period Gothic melodrama capitalized on explicitness and hyperbole, as well as on materializations of ethics and sentiment through their overt exhibition on stage or ‘ostension’. At the same time, it emphasized absence, silence, dematerialization and dissolution. With its continuously deferred revelations,and ostensions of the unsaid, A Tale of Mystery is a significant investment in an aesthetic of the unsaid that is central to a definition of Gothic on stage.

Gothic Studies
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Goth Subcultures in Cyberspace
Jason Whittaker

While Goths tend to be neglected in more mainstream media, they are thriving as part of online communities as part of the phenomenon of net.Goths. This paper considers some of the recent manifestations of such subcultural activities online, especially in relation to the practice of demarcating the boundaries of participation through displays of cultural capital (such as music and fashion), and aspects of communication that have emerged on the Internet such as ‘trolling’. The overarching concern of this paper is to explore some of the ways in which defining a subculture virtually may reinforce activities of the group in other environments.

Gothic Studies
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The Chronotope of the Ghost Ship in the Atlantic World
Julia Mix Barrington

Ghost ships haunt Atlantic literature, but surprisingly few scholars have focused on these striking Gothic figures with any depth. Responding to this oversight, this essay introduces the chronotope of the ghost ship to the literary conversation, tracing it through four key transatlantic texts: Richard Henry Dana, Jr‘s Two Years Before the Mast (1840), a tale of the Flying Dutchman found in Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine (1821), The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798), and Melville‘s novella Benito Cereno (1855). Wherever they appear in literature, ghost ships voice Gothic horror on the Atlantic; the strange temporality of the frozen yet eternally journeying ghost ship engenders in these texts a compulsion for communication with the living world. These Gothic missives bring uncomfortable and unspeakable subjects – particularly the moral terror of slavery – into the consciousness of more mainstream readers. To understand the ghost ship is to understand the Gothic double of Gilroy‘s Atlantic world.

Gothic Studies
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Author: Andrew Tate

This book is a full-length study of Douglas Coupland, one of the twenty-first century's most innovative and influential novelists. It explores the prolific first decade-and-a-half of his career, from Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture (1991) to JPod (2006), a period in which he published ten novels and four significant volumes of non-fiction. Emerging in the last decade of the twentieth century—amidst the absurd contradictions of instantaneous global communication and acute poverty—Coupland's novels, short stories, essays, and visual art have intervened in specifically contemporary debates regarding authenticity, artifice, and art. This book explores Coupland's response, in ground-breaking novels such as Microserfs, Girlfriend in a Coma and Miss Wyoming, to some of the most pressing issues of our times.

Margret Fetzer

, friendship doth’ (Letters 116), prayer and devotion likewise are ‘a sacrifice, which though God needs not, faith doth’. Relations of friendship and devotion may already be established – but both require careful attention. Moreover, the entanglements between the speaker’s physical and spiritual sickness in Devotions (cf. Targoff, 2008: 130–53) have their counterpart in the (im)material contiguities of Donne’s letters. The Devotions focus primarily on the speaker’s communication and communion with God. One of Donne’s letters, however, desires that, in heaven, ‘I hope you and

in John Donne’s Performances
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Convergence, emergence and divergence
Simon Parry

scientists and scientific institutions to perform publicly and have supported the emergence of sets of practices known under various terms, including: public engagement with science, science communication, science outreach, citizen science and public involvement with research. The Royal Society’s (1985) report, known as the Bodmer Report, articulated discourse and promoted practices associated with public understanding of science. It promoted increased and improved science communication by scientists as well as advocating changes in science education and science coverage

in Science in performance
Applied drama, ‘sympathetic presence’ and person-centred nursing
Matt Jennings, Pat Deeny and Karl Tizzard-Kleister

nationwide report into complaints against the NHS, which received more than 2,500 submissions, described ‘many accounts of patients not being treated with dignity or respect’ (National Archives, 2013 : 16). The Belfast-based Patient Client Council Complaints Support Service, in their 2016–17 annual report, identified communication problems and staff attitude as the basis for 28.5 per cent of total complaints (PCC, 2017 ). The same report shows that the most effective methods for resolving complaints, all of which depend on interpersonal communication, account for 82

in Performing care
Detection, deviance and disability in Richard Marsh’s Judith Lee stories
Minna Vuohelainen

’s work evinces a thorough familiarity with sensation fiction, a genre that issued in multiple directions by the late nineteenth century, including supposedly conservative detective fiction, potentially subversive Gothic and provocatively transgressive New Woman writing. Lee’s adventures bridge these genres through Marsh’s ambivalent construction of his protagonist as a potentially progenerate offspring of his earlier Gothic monsters, while also gesturing towards medico-scientific romance in their fascination with science and communication technology. The series is thus

in Richard Marsh, popular fiction and literary culture, 1890–1915
Linguistic difference and cinematic medievalism
Carol O’Sullivan

sites of activity are identified: extra-diegetically speaking, subtitles constitute a key authenticity-effect. They also participate in distinctive forms of textual and visual play. Diegetically speaking, in its representations of situations of language contact and translation, it is argued here that popular medieval film shares contemporary cinematic concerns about intercultural communication in a global

in Medieval film