With its focus on the marginal, mysterious, and uncanny – and with themes of violence, entrapment, and transgression – Gothic fiction is characterised by a focus on the criminal. Crime fiction, in turn, can evoke characteristically Gothic reactions in readers. Our Crime and Gothic research explores the close connections between the gothic, the criminal and the carceral.
This research theme is a rich seam of interrelated and interdisciplinary projects that span American studies, creative writing, English language and English literature. Researchers in this group work across Crime and Gothic themes and connect with researchers in the cognate disciplines of film studies, criminology, and sociology. The group has close connections with the interdisciplinary Centre for Cultures of Incarceration in conjunction with the Wilberforce Institute too.
We’re developing knowledge exchange partnerships with the digital industries and community groups taking Gothic to new audiences.
Our focus on EcoGothic uses Gothic fiction to engage wider publics with global environmental concerns. Our researchers are also developing new educational resources through the Gothic Play project: an educational video game aimed at school children with autism.