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Year in Review: Gothic Reading Group

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One of the most interesting and exciting parts of being a grad student at Lehigh are the groups that convene outside of the classroom.  The Gothic Reading Group exists to explore the strange, the macabre, the sublime, and the horrific.  This year the group has jumped into multiple examples of Gothic materials and come out the other side frightened and paranoid.  To sum the work of another year of the group, we asked two new […]

Gothic Reading Group: Laughing in the Dark

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October 27th marked the second meeting of the Gothic Reading Group.  Of course, fall is the perfect time to be diving into the haunted material usually associated with the gothic. However, the group took a different turn for this month’s reading. Instead of diving into Frankenstein, Dracula, or other traditional texts, we took a trip to the past and found ourselves face-to-face with the stories that haunted us as children. Nope, it’s not Goosebumps. Our […]

Horror Endings: Tales from the Gothic Reading Group

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This year, the Gothic Reading Group celebrated its fifth year with a host of psychological, spectral tales. The theme of the year (unintentionally) seems to have been ancient magics and twist endings. We continued our tradition of meeting Friday afternoons in Packer House, passing out the skull goblets, and pouring out wine, literary commentary, fears, and phobias. With our first text, we jumped into a jumble of partial documents and firsthand accounts in D.A. Stern’s […]

Demon Babies, Snake Women, and Vampires: Just another Semester for Gothic Reading Group

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I think it’s safe to say that, this semester, the Gothic provoked more fear, surprise, exasperation, and… confusion than ever before, and that’s saying a lot for six semesters of GRG strangeness. Our group is dedicated to tasting both the “canonical” texts of the Gothic, those we’ve all heard about (or seen the movie), as well as the obscure, sensational, and campy works that hide within its shadows. We aim to analyze and explore the […]

Be Afraid of the Dark: Tales of the Gothic Reading Group

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This September marked the third year for the Gothic Reading Group (the fifth semester, if you’re keeping track). Our group has been dedicated to exploring and enjoying the Gothic across different time periods and forms, from the earliest Gothic texts (The Castle of Otranto and Christabel), to the Victorian (The Beetle, Werewolf Stories, and Behind a Mask) to contemporary (Dangerous Laughter, Zombie, Altmann’s Tongue, and Coraline). We’ve read poetry, short stories (notably the classics of […]