CW// strong language, sexual imagery, violence New year, new post, same glorious Gothic shit... I got a copy of Body Gothic for Christmas which is another one of the University of Wales Press's Gothic Literary Studies series. You will see from the eye-watering price that this is a Serious Academic Study on Literary Criticism, which is… Continue reading #AmReading: Body Gothic by Xavier Aldana Reyes
Introduction The Sin-Eater was a Welsh export to America, now so forgotten in Wales and so connected with Appalachia, that most Welsh might now consider it to be an American phenomenon, rather than a part of their own history. The Sin-Eater has their* own chapter in Jane Aaron's Welsh Gothic (Chapter 6) and this is… Continue reading Welsh Gothic Tropes V: The Sin-Eater
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Introduction CW// incest and infant death discussed in one short story. The Druid has had a negative press, or, to quote Aaron, 'enjoyed a demonic reputation', since Julius Caesar's account in De Bello Gallico (c.58-49 BC). Caesar claimed that Druids officiated at human sacrifices and mentions the infamous 'wicker man', powerfully re-imagined by Folk Horror… Continue reading Welsh Gothic Tropes III: The Druid
Introduction In Chapter 5 of Welsh Gothic, Jane Aaron picks four main figures who recur throughout Welsh Gothic fiction: the Witch, the Druid, the Cŵn Annwn, and the Sin-Eater. This post looks at the figure of the Welsh witch, an ambiguous figure, usually female in fiction but not necessarily in life, part goddess, part demon, but… Continue reading Welsh Gothic Tropes II: The Witch