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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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Roger Luckhurst

This article investigates the role of the corridor in Gothic fiction and horror film from the late eighteenth century to the present day. It seeks to establish this transitional space as a crucial locus, by tracing the rise of the corridor as a distinct mode of architectural distribution in domestic and public buildings since the eighteenth century. The article tracks pivotal appearances of the corridor in fiction and film, and in the final phase argues that it has become associated with a specific emotional tenor, less to do with amplified fear and horror and more with emotions of Angst or dread.

Gothic Studies
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Swimming ... Floating ... Sinking ... Drowning
Dick Hebdige

The body in the swimming pool as metonym for trouble in paradise is a recurrent motif bordering on cliché in Hollywood/West Coast sunshine noir. Through an intermedial survey of film, TV and literary fiction, photography, design and architectural history, crime and environmental, reportage, public health and safety documents this article examines the domestic swimming pools ambiguous status as a symbol of realised utopia within the Californian mythos from the boom years of the backyard oasis in the wake of the Second World War to the era of mass foreclosures, restricted water usage and ambient dread inaugurated by 9/11, the global recession and the severest drought in the states recorded rainfall history.

Film Studies
Spencer J. Weinreich

Drawing on Maggie Kilgour’s dictum that the Gothic activates a dormant past with the power to harm the present, this article explores the early modern histories invoked by the Regnum Congo, a sixteenth-century account of Africa featured in H. P. Lovecraft’s cannibal story ‘The Picture in the House’. The Regnum Congo taps into Lovecraft’s racism, instantiating, within and beyond the story, the racial and cultural convergence he dreaded. The tale’s cannibal resembles the Africans depicted in the Regnum Congo to a striking degree, even as his reverence for the book colours his putative status as a puritan. Integrating the book itself into the analysis enables a reading of the tale’s controversial cataclysmic ending as oneof several exemplars of Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock’s ‘Gothic thing-power’, which disrupts subject/object boundaries. The multifarious histories summoned by ‘Picture’ reflect Lovecraft’s own ambivalence about the past, as well as the possibilities of attention to Gothic pasts.

Gothic Studies
The Epistemology of Oscillation
Jay Salisbury

In Gothic and Romantic writing, dreadful uncertainty often appears in the figure of the Wandering Jew. In Gothic novels, this ambiguous figure appears at moments when systems of meaning and belief are suspended or have collapsed into despair. The Wanderer produces the terror occasioned by its uncertain status and reinforces the structures of meaning that return in the movement away from its dreadful uncertainty. Romanticism founds itself upon this moment of uncertainty. Desires for a new order lead the Romantic writer through the collapse of the old order and into the moment of dread that the Wanderer represents. In their search for grounds of hope, Romantic writers must either face this figure of uncertainty or risk becoming entangled in the same systems of values they seek to repudiate and transcend.

Gothic Studies
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Fernando Espada

of coronavirus cases in real time were not long ago scanning Twitter feeds in dread of the moment when US President Donald Trump would make good on his promise to unleash ‘fire and fury like the world has never seen’. Fortunately for life on earth, two summits, a ‘very beautiful letter’ to Trump from Kim Jong Un and a brief encounter between the two leaders in the Korean Demilitarised Zone appear to have delayed the moment of truth. However, as Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings and Lauren Harris explain in ‘The Impact of Sanctions against North Korea on Humanitarian Aid’, the

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Local Understandings of Resilience after Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City, Philippines
Ara Joy Pacoma, Yvonne Su, and Angelie Genotiva

contextualising meanings behind psychosocial resilience. Participants who experienced feelings of worry and dread as an after effect of the typhoon understood the risk behind mental and emotional stress associated with natural hazards. Most participants, particularly those with children, reported that their family have not yet fully recovered from the ‘trauma of their experiences’. While one participant mentioned that ‘ may stress and trauma pa, diri pa nawawara. Kun baga nahangin or nauran nabalik la gihap an stress ngan trauma (there is still stress and trauma. The stress

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Into the frame of Clive Barker’s The Midnight Meat Train and Dread comic and film adaptations
Bernard Perron

Blood (1984), 3 that is ‘The Midnight Meat Train’ (second story of Volume 1) and ‘Dread’ (first story of Volume 2), and their comic and film adaptations. ‘The Midnight Meat Train’ was adapted into a comic book by Chuck Wagner and Fred Burke in 1990 (Eclipse Books), and illustrated by Denys Cowan and Michael Davis. 4 Jeff Buhler wrote the screenplay of the film directed by

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Encountering the monstrous in American cinema
Susan J. Tyburski

-anxiety, creating monstrous visions that mirror our fears about the fate of our civilization and the planet we call home. In her 2007 study of millennial horror films in America, Apocalyptic Dread , Kirsten Moana Thompson explores ‘social anxieties, fears, and ambivalence about global catastrophe’ appearing in American films beginning in the 1990s. 10 She explains that the word

in Ecogothic
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Gardens, religious tradition and ecoGothic exegesis in Algernon Blackwood’s ‘The Lost Valley’ and ‘The Transfer’
Christopher M. Scott

illustrates. Scholars have also disregarded iconographic references to Christianity permeating or emanating from Blackwood's physical settings. This chapter will thus argue that Blackwood's ‘The Lost Valley’ (1910) and ‘The Transfer’ (1912) employ the modus operandi of the ecoGothic to present supernatural gardens that emit dread deriving from Adam and Eve's fall and subsequent ejection from Eden. Blackwood's fiction during this period in British history anticipates late twentieth-century ecotheology by elucidating an extant liminal landscape separating the terrestrial

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