Welcome to the inaugural post for “Gothic Servants” – a new blog dedicated to the study of Gothic literature and especially to work on servant characters in Gothic fiction.
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Dr. Kathleen Hudson and I work in 18th and 19th century Gothic studies, specializing, as you might have guessed, in servants and their narrative contributions to early Gothic novels. While this may seem like a very narrow area to be interested in, my research scope spans from the development of romance and lower-class voices in the early modern period all the way to new depictions of Nelly Dean shepherding Heathcliff and Cathy through the latest Wuthering Heights adaptation. Servant characters are trully important aspects of literature, and their role in the Gothic is particuarly complex.
Earlier research, posts, and reviews have been previously published via Sheffield Gothic at the University of Sheffield, where I was also part of the Reimagining the Gothic project during my postgraduate studies. In addition to a number of other forthcoming pieces, my article “The Pauper and the Provider: Servant Negotiations of Gender and Class in Ann Radcliffe’s The Romance of the Forest” is currently available in the journal Gothic Studies, available online as a fast-tracked article here: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/manup/gothst/pre-prints/content-gs_0009
This site is a support blog for my primary research project, a monograph publication entitled Servant Narratives and the Gothic,1764–1831: A half-told tale, which is currently in the research and writing stages with University of Wales Press. More information about this project is available on this website, and publication details will be made available at a later date.
For those of you who are familiar with my work at Sheffield Gothic, this is a new project which will focus more fully on my individual research on Gothic servant narratives and my personal forays into Gothic fiction, media, and teaching practice. Do continue to check out Sheffield Gothic’s fantastic posts at sheffieldgothicreadinggroup.blogspot.com and get involved with Reimagining the Gothic, a postgraduate and early careers researcher – run project dedicated to the facilitation and promotion of interdisciplinary and creative Gothic research.