A one day conference at the University of Sunderland
June 21 2013 09:00 - 16:00
Following the success of Spectral Visions in 2012 (see details of 2012 event), the MA English team at the University of Sunderland laid on another day of terrifying creative writing,
spine-tingling linguistics, and awesome literature.
The Opening "Ceremony"
Professor Willy Hughes (Bath Spa University) Bill Hughes is Professor of Gothic Studies at Bath Spa University, Joint President of the International Gothic Association, founder editor of the internationally refereed journal "Gothic Studies", a prominent member of the editorial board of MUP's International Gothic Series and one of the two editors of the Edinburgh University Press Companions series.
His fifteen published books include "Beyond Dracula: Bram Stoker's Fiction and its Cultural Context" (2000), Bram Stoker: A Bibliography (1997), an annotated edition of Stoker's faux vampire novel The Lady of the Shroud"(2001) and an annotated student edition of Dracula (2007), Reader's Guides to Dracula for Palgrave(2009) and Continuum (2009) and The Historical Dictionary of Gothic Literature (2013). Bill is the acknowledged leading World authority on Bram Stoker and star of the TV paranormal series Most Haunted.
Professor John Strachan (Bath Spa University)
John Strachan is Professor of English Literature at Bath Spa University. He is the author or editor of some twenty books, notably on Romanticism and Irish Literature, including ‘Advertising and Satirical Culture in the Romantic Period’ (Cambridge University Press, 2007). He is Associate Editor of the ‘Oxford Companion to English Literature’, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has been a Senior Research Fellow of the British Academy. He previously held the post of Professor of Romantic Literature at the University of Sunderland before joining Northumbria University in 2011. His research to date has focused on British Romanticism with a particular attention to parody and satire, Romantic-ear popular culture, literary magazines and the work of Leigh Hunt, John Keats and William Wordsworth.
Professor Franklin Bishop (Newstead Abbey) Franklin Bishop is the author of John William Polidori: 'The Vampyre' and Other Writings (2005), Polidori! A Life of Dr. John Polidori (1991), Selected Works of John Polidori (1991), and numerous articles on Gothic and Romantic literary figures. He is the acknowledged leading World authority on John Polidori and is also Keeper of Newstead Abbey. A freelance journalist and writer, he is also a tutor for the University of Nottingham, Continuing Education Department