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Luke Turley

Lancaster University

County College

LA1 4YD

Lancaster

Thesis Outline

My thesis explores how magic and fantasy engages with increasingly tense political issues, asking how, by using magic as a metaphor for power and agency, it troubles the current state of things.

Each chapters will engage with a specific political framework – Feminism, Environmentalism, Capitalism, Governance, Religion, and Race ­– and will consist of case studies where I analyse specific texts, focusing on how post-1997 Fantasy can both inform and be informed by Millennial political viewpoints. 

Ultimately what I will prove is that any text which incorporates magic must be considered part of a wider discourse on power and must be a read as a political text. Furthermore, that texts post-1997 have been strongly informed and influenced by the millennial generation – the Harry Potter generation – and the liberal political ideologies they, for the majority, espouse.

Research overview

While my thesis focuses primarily on the Fantasy genre and more widely interested in any of the "Fantastika" genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy and the Gothic. My current research for my thesis focuses on the link between post-1997 Fantasy, magic as power, and millenial politics; I've previously done research on "Island Gothic" for my MA dissertation and is something I wish to develop further at a later date.

Career Details

Editorial and Leadership Experience

 

Jan 2019-Present

 

Executive Editor for LUX: Undergraduate Journal of Literature and Culture

 

Conference Papers

‘Who Doesn’t Love a Good Scare?’: Liberal Horror in Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018). International Gothic Association 2019: Gothic Terror, Gothic Horror. Lewis University, USA. 30th July – 2nd Aug 2019. (1st Aug).

 

‘Unholy Relicts’: Monsters in the Polluted World of The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (2015). Next-Gen 2019. Lancaster University. 20th June 2019.

 

‘Who Doesn’t Love a Good Scare?’: Liberal Horror in Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018). Gothic Spectacle. Lancaster University. 1st June 2019.

 

‘This is Hell, of course there’s a gift shop’: Gothic Afterlives in The Good Place (2016). Reimagining the Gothic V: Returns, Revenge, Reckonings. University of Sheffield. 10th-12th May 2019 (11th May).

 

‘On this island I find degeneracy’: Reading island narratives through a Gothic lens. Reimagining the Gothic IV: Aesthetics and Archetypes. University of Sheffield. 26th-28th Oct 2018 (27th Oct).

 

‘A Survivor is Born’: Considering the Castaway in the Contemporary ‘Island Gothic’. Anomalies: A Conference. Lancaster University. 20th June 2018.

 

Qualifications

Oct 2017 -Sep 2018

MA in English Literary Studies

My dissertation developed my own concept of the ‘Island Gothic’, a mode of Gothic which utilised the island space within castaway texts to create a heightened sense of fear, terror and claustrophobia. 

Lancaster University; Dissertation supervised by Prof Catherine Spooner.

 

Oct 2013 -Jun 2016

BA in English Literature

University of Chester

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  • Next-Gen 2019

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