Publication announcement: Journal Article

Hello mighty marauding Goths!

This is just a quick announcement that my article “The Pauper and the Provider: Servant Negotiations of Gender and Class in Ann Radcliffe’s The Romance of the Forest” has been published in Gothic Studies Vol. 18, No. 2, and is available online or via subscription as of November 2016.

This article attempts to clarify the role and position of a pervasive figure in early Gothic literature. Male servants in Ann Radcliffe’s early Gothic novels are frequently under-explored in critical examinations of gender identity in Radcliffe’s literary politics due to a long tradition of social and literary marginalization. However, class-specific masculine identities built on a socio-moral and political ideologies and domestic anxieties are not only particularly evident in Radcliffe’s The Romance of the Forest (1791), but also effectively problematize an already unstable masculine ideal which greatly impacted social roles and relationships during the Eighteenth Century. Servant masculine identity in Radcliffe’s work is examined in this article through the contrast between servant characters and their employers, through examples of potentially revolutionary active and narrative agency by male servants, and through the instance of the heroine and male servant’s joint ‘flight’ from the Gothic space. This article establishes that the male servant character in the early Gothic novel is essential to understanding socio-gendered identity in Radcliffe’s work, and that this figure’ s incorporation in Gothic class and gender politics merits further examination.

This article is a useful read for anyone looking for an introduction to the many ways servant characters influenced the development of narrative and identity in the early Gothic mode, and particularly in the Female Gothic sub-category. In particular, this piece focuses on issues of gender and class identity as a way of contextualizing and illuminating what these figures meant as individuals, as verbal and performing narrators, and as members of a complex social structure.

Those interested can access the article  here, and the article is also available to those with a subscription to Gothic Studies. You also get a subscription to this journal when you join the International Gothic Association.

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If you’re interested in Gothic servants or just Gothic studies more generally, please stay tuned to this blog and follow us on Twitter at @gothicservants

 

 

Have a Happy (Horrifying) Holiday!

Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings, my great Goth friends!

As 2016 draws to a close and the time of year for circumspection and gratitude barrels towards us, I’d just like to shoot out a huge thank you to the family, friends, and colleagues who have helped me throughout my academic career and who in particular have provided the love and support necessary to get the ‘Gothic Servants’ project up and running.

We’re looking forward to participating in many new and exciting research opportunities and continuing to share all things great and Gothic in the coming years, and I greatly appreciate the enthusiastic support that really defines the academic Gothic community and that has made this work that much richer and worthwhile. I’d also like to give a special shout out to the fine folks at @SheffieldGothic and @TheReimagining, who helped out in the initial stages of the project and who continue to act as the indispensable peanut gallery.

I’ll be on a work break for the next two weeks, but blogging and updating will resume in the second week of January, so stay tuned for more updates in the new year!

For news and updates please follow this project on Twitter at @GothicServants

Have a wonderful and safe holiday and a happy New Year!

 

 

Welcome to the blog!

Hello Goths!

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.

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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.

I’m always up for movie recommendations, live-tweeting, comments, group projects, and just people saying hello! Be sure to follow on twitter at @kathleenh42 and @gothicservants