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Professor Catherine Spooner

Professor of Literature and Culture

Catherine Spooner

County College

LA1 4YD

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 594876

Research overview

Catherine Spooner specialises in Gothic literature and culture from the nineteenth century to the present, with a particular interest in fashion. She is the author of three books: Fashioning Gothic Bodies, Contemporary Gothic and Post-Millennial Gothic: Comedy, Romance and the Rise of Happy Gothic. She has also co-edited three books: The Routledge Companion to Gothic (with Emma McEvoy), Monstrous Media/Spectral Subjects (with Fred Botting) and Return to Twin Peaks (with Jeffrey Weinstock). She is currently working on a Gothic cultural history of the white dress and investigating the modern legacy of the Lancashire Witches. 

PhD supervision

Catherine has previously supervised nine Ph.Ds to completion on the following topics:
- Monstrous fathers in contemporary film and fiction (with Sociology);
- Literature of the 1984-5 miners' strike;
- The mutilated body and affect in Gothic drama and film;
- Violent masculinities in contemporary Gothic fiction;
- The language of transformation in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (with Linguistics);
- Catholicism, transnationalism and the Gothic;
- Folk devils in contemporary American Gothic and crime fiction;
- Dandies in cult television, 1960s-present;
- Gothic in contemporary children's fiction.

She currently has ten Ph.D students working on the following topics:
- New media technologies and hauntings;
- Young adult Gothic femininities and contemporary fairy tales;
- Grunge music and the grotesque;
- Turkish Gothic;
- Adaptations of Lovecraft in film and popular culture;
- Penny Dreadfuls and commodity culture;
- Gothic and plastic surgery;
- Gothic and celebrity;
- Menstrual blood and breast milk in feminist art;
- Gothic Cumbria.

Catherine also runs, with Sara Wasson, the Contemporary Gothic Reading Group, which meets several times a term to discuss texts chosen by the participants and is open to all postgraduates and staff across the university. She welcomes Ph.D applications related to any aspect of Gothic literature and culture, or to literature/film and fashion, and is happy to consider interdisciplinary proposals.

Research Interests

Catherine Spooner's particular research interests incorporate Gothic literature, film, and popular culture, and fashion and costume in literature and film, within the broader spectrum of Victorian and contemporary literature and culture.

Catherine's latest book is Post-Millennial Gothic: Comedy, Romance and the Rise of Happy Gothic, published by Bloomsbury in February 2017. The book was the outcome of a 9-month AHRC Research Fellowship and explores such phenomena as the perennial revival of Gothic style on the high street, the advent of the sparkly vampire, and Gothic tourism in Whitby, in relation to developments in twenty-first century subcultures.

Catherine is also the author of Fashioning Gothic Bodies (2004) and Contemporary Gothic (2006). Contemporary Gothic was translated into Korean in 2008. She has co-edited three books: The Routledge Companion to Gothic (with Emma McEvoy, 2007), Monstrous Media/Spectral Subjects: Imaging Gothic from the Nineteenth Century to the Present (with Fred Botting, 2015) and Return to Twin Peaks: New Approaches to Materiality, Theory and Genre on Television (with Jeffrey A. Weinstock, 2015).

Catherine is currently working on a cultural history of the white dress in Gothic literature and film, and on the cultural afterlife of the Lancashire witches.

Catherine has recently contributed to the volumes accompanying three major exhibitions: Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film at the British Film Institute; Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination at the British Library and Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She has given public talks at venues including the Barbican Gallery, the BFI, the British Library, the Bronte Parsonage Museum, ICA London and the V&A, and has made media appearances on BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Three Counties Radio.

Catherine was co-President, with Angela Wright, of the International Gothic Association 2013-17.

Read Catherine's blogs on The Conversation and follow her on Twitter.

Current Teaching

Catherine teaches widely across the fields of Victorian, twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature within the department. She currently convenes the third-year half-unit 'Victorian Gothic' and the MA module 'Contemporary Gothic: Text and Screen', as well as co-teaching the MA unit in Research Methods and Reflective Practice and leading the postgraduate 'Work in Progress' workshops.

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Career details

Catherine completed her BA at the University of Oxford, and her MA and Ph.D at Goldsmiths College, the University of London. She has previously worked part-time at Goldsmiths College, and full-time at Falmouth University and the University of Reading, before coming to Lancaster in 2004.

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