Introduction This post is going to look at Jane Aaron's example texts from her book Welsh Gothic (UWP, 2013), particularly those from Chapter 2, 'An Underworld of One's Own (1830s-1900s)'. Part 1 of this post looked at the social unrest and historical context of Wales in the 1830s-40s, which Aaron touches on in this chapter but… Continue reading #AmReading: Welsh Gothic Fiction (1830s-1900s) II: An Underworld of One’s Own
Family curses and own underworlds - a short exploration of Ch2 of Welsh Gothic by Jane Aaron
Sh! What's That? Sh, what's that, the wooden slap, the swazzle-voiced cry and the short sharp crack? Sh, what's that, the glazed-eyed clap, the hollow applause and the rat-a-tat-tat? Passing by, you pause and try to catch a glimpse of - sh! What's that? Where the shadows and lamp-oil meet, pooling gold in the midnight street,… Continue reading The Punch & Judy Man of Hangman’s Walk
Introduction In the previous post we looked at texts featured in Chapter 1 of Jane Aaron's Welsh Gothic, and very briefly at the postcolonial framing of some of these narratives. This post looks at the ghost stories and dark tales that were associated with different parts of Wales, used as inspiration for the Gothic tales of… Continue reading #AmReading: Cambria Gothica II: Welsh Ghostlore & Folklore before 1830
Here's some Welsh Gothic fiction from the 1780s-1820s: the next post (Thursday) features the hauntings and folklore related to these tales!