These projects are run directly by the Centre and by affiliated students and researchers.

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Current projects

Gothic Tours

The Gothic Tours project develops and maintains an annotated map of country homes, and other sites of historic interest, which have played an important part in shaping the Gothic imaginary from the eighteenth century to the present day. The site identifies places to visit and includes brief accounts of their significance to the Gothic tradition.

The map has been put together by members of The Centre for the History of the Gothic at the University of Sheffield and will be periodically updated to include new sites of interest. We will be developing the map to include places throughout the UK.

Visit the Gothic Tours site.

a Gothic Bites event with participants sat around group tables

Gothic Bites

The Gothic Bites project is generously funded by the University of Sheffield Arts Enterprise Scheme for Widening Participation. It is run by Professor Angela Wright and Dr Helena Ifill from the School of English in association with Rajnish Madaan of Neesh-Productions LTD. The Gothic Bites website is run by the Project Officer, Kate Gadsby-Mace.

See @GothicBites on Twitter.

a poster presentation from Reimagining the Gothic participants

Reimagining the Gothic

Reimagining the Gothic is an on-going project, initially coordinated by Sheffield Gothic and now rehomed with The Ghoul Guides, a project run by former University of Sheffield postgraduates.

It aims to cultivate and showcase interdisciplinary projects in Gothic studies to a broad academic and non-academic audience.

See @TheReimagining on Twitter.

the Gothic Bible logo, a bat with wings spread over a Bible

Gothic Bible

The Gothic Bible Project constitutes an interdisciplinary approach to investigating instances within the Bible and Gothic fiction (ie literature, drama, and film) that demonstrate an interplay between biblical concepts or iconography and the literary Gothic mode, which began with the publication of Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (1764-5).

For more information see the Gothic Bible webpage, and @GothicBible on Twitter.

Monographs and research projects

Andrew Smith, Gothic Fiction and the Writing of Trauma, 1914-1934: The Ghosts of World War One

Andrew is currently writing a monograph on the Gothic and the First World War for Edinburgh University Press, titled Gothic Fiction and the Writing of Trauma, 1914-1934: The Ghosts of World War One.

“The book explores how representations of spectral soldiers were employed to culturally manage the trauma of war. I explore ghosts in a number of different contexts: the literary, the war memoir, scientific accounts of shell-shock, and psychoanalysis.

How to make sense of the war requires making sense of the dead of the war and how and why they died. The soldier-ghost, I argue, ultimately requires a form of cultural exorcism in order for a postwar world to move on.”

Angela Wright and Michael Gamer (eds), Cambridge Edition of Ann Radcliffe

Angela Wright is one of two general editors on the forthcoming Cambridge Edition of Ann Radcliffe, the first full edition of Ann Radcliffe’s works which will appear between 2023-6. Angela will be editing The Mysteries of Udolpho, Michael Gamer The Italian, and there is also a stellar line up of other editors in place.

Angela Wright and Dale Townshend (eds), Cambridge Elements in the Gothic series

Angela is also one of two general editors of a new book series coming from Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Elements in the Gothic, with titles in the series forthcoming from 2023.

Jonathan Rayner, Australian Gothic: A Cinema of Horrors

Frances Babbage: ‘Hybrid Forms: Nights at the Circus and its adaptations.’ Sarah Gamble & Anna Watz eds. The Bloomsbury Handbook to Angela Carter. Bloomsbury. Estimated publication 2022.