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Screening the Gothic in Australia and New Zealand

Contemporary Antipodean Film and Television

256 pages
Amsterdam University Press
The persistent popularity of the detective narrative, new obsessions with psychological and supernatural disturbances, as well as the resurgence of older narratives of mystery or the Gothic all constitute a vast proportion of contemporary film and television productions. New ways of watching film and television have also seen a reinvigoration of this ‘most domestic of media’. But what does this ‘domesticity’ of genre and media look like ‘Down Under’ in the twenty.first century? This collection traces representations of the Gothic on both the small and large screens in Australia and New Zealand in the twenty.first century. It attends to the development and mutation of the Gothic in these post. or neo.colonial contexts, concentrating on the generic innovations of this temporal and geographical focus.
Author Bio
Jessica Gildersleeve is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Southern Queensland. She is the author and editor of several books, including Christos Tsiolkas: The Utopian Vision (Cambria 2017), Don’t Look Now (Auteur 2017), and The Routledge Companion to Australian Literature (Routledge 2021). Kate Cantrell is a Lecturer in Writing, Editing, and Publishing at the University of Southern Queensland. Her research interests include narrative accounts of illness, immobility, and displacement. Her short stories, essays, and poems have appeared in Overland, Meanjin, and Westerly, and she writes regularly for Times Higher Education. Emma Doolan lectures in creative writing and literary studies at Southern Cross University. Her research explores Gothic representations of place, particularly in writing about Australia’s hinterland regions. Emily Holland is a PhD candidate in Media, Film, and Television at The University of Auckland, where she researches hauntology, nostalgia, and corporeality in British and North American horror media. Billy Stevenson holds a PhD from the University of Sydney. He has published on post-cinematic media, changes in cinematic infrastructure, and the contemporary television landscape, and is at work on a book-length study of Twin Peaks: The Return. Ella Jeffery is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Queensland University of Technology. She researches intersections between contemporary lit_x0002_erature, television, and renovation culture, and is particularly interested in conceptions and representations of unstable or insecure dwelling in twenty-first-century Australia Jessica Balanzategui is a Senior Lecturer in Cinema and Screen Studies at Swinburne University of Technology where she is also the Deputy Director of the Centre for Transformative Media Technologies. She is the author of The Uncanny Child in Transnational Cinema (Amsterdam UP 2018) and the founding editor of Amsterdam University Press’s new book series, ‘Horror and Gothic Media Cultures’. Liz Shek-Noble is a Project Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo. Her research has appeared in Disability & Society, Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, and Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies. She is currently working on a project funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science on cultural representations of disability in Australian literature and society Lorna Piatti-Farnell is Professor of Film, Media, and Popular Culture at Auckland University of Technology, where she is also the Director of the Popular Culture Research Centre. She is the President of the Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia (GANZA). Her research interests lie at the intersection of film, popular media, and cultural history, with an emphasis on Gothic and horror studies Nike Sulway is a Senior Lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Southern Queensland. Her research focuses on diversity and inclusivity in creative writing practice and research, as well as on fantasy and fairy tales, science fiction, and the weird. Her recent publications include the award-winning children’s novel, Winter’s Tale (Twelfth Planet 2019), and the novel Dying in the First Person (Transit Lounge 2016). Amanda Howell is a Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies at Griffith University. Her research on screen, gender, and genre has been published in journals such as Camera Obscura, Screening the Past, and Continuum. She is currently at work on Monstrous Possibilities: The Female Monster in 21st-Century Screen Horror (Palgrave). Corrine E. Hinton is Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University, where she teaches writing, young adult literature, and the humanities. Her interest in contemporary Gothic television focuses on depictions of destructive, unruly women and anti-heroines. Patrick West is Associate Professor of Writing and Literature in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University. His work on the Australian Gothic, ‘Towards a Politics and Art of the Land: Gothic Cinema of the Australian New Wave and Its Reception by American Film Critics’, was published in M/C Journal in 2014 Luke C. Jackson is an author and teacher based in Melbourne. He has written novels, graphic novels, films, and games, and has a PhD in Education. He is currently enrolled in a PhD in the School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University, focusing on the literary sense of place in comics Jennifer Lawn is Associate Professor in English at Massey University. Her research interests focus on narrative genres studied within social contexts, including Gothic studies, crime fiction, and literatures of Aotearoa/New Zealand. She is the author of Neoliberalism and Cultural Transition in New Zealand Literature, 1984–2008: Market Fictions (Lexington 2016). Jennifer identifies as a Pākehā New Zealander.