• Winter and the Gothic Historical Television Drama

    Author(s):
    Derek Johnston (see profile)
    Date:
    2022
    Group(s):
    Cultural Studies, Horror, Television Studies
    Subject(s):
    Television programs, Horror tales, Horror television programs, Ghost stories, Christmas
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    Fireside Tales of Terror: The Gothic and Winter
    Conf. Org.:
    University of Warwick
    Conf. Loc.:
    University of Warwick
    Conf. Date:
    15-16 December 2022
    Tag(s):
    Christmas, Dickens, ghosts, tradition, culture
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/n2et-ms72
    Abstract:
    Keynote paper. This paper examines the connections between the winter season and Gothic historical television dramas. It defines Gothic historical television dramas as dramas with a historical setting that take on a Gothic aesthetic and emphasise themes of trauma which are active in the past and continue to be active in the present. It also summarises the connections between horror and the Christmas season within UK, particularly English, culture, especially as seen on television. The two ideas are brought together in a close reading of the Stephen Knight 2019 adaptation of A Christmas Carol for the BBC, demonstrating how the adaptation introduces and draws out the Gothic elements of the narrative.
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    Last Updated:
    1 year ago
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