The first book-length study to address Moore's significance to the Gothic, this volume is also the first to provide in-depth analyses of his spoken-word performances, poetry and prose, as well as his comics and graphic novels.
The essays collected here identify the Gothic tradition as perhaps the most significant cultural context for understanding Moore's work, providing unique insight into its wider social and political dimensions as well as addressing key theoretical issues in Gothic Studies, Comics Studies and Adaptation Studies.
Scholars, students and general readers alike will find fresh insights into Moore's use of horror and terror, homage and parody, plus allusion and adaptation. The international list of contributors includes leading researchers in the field and the studies presented here enhance the understanding of Moore's works while at the same time exploring the ways in which these serve to advance a broader appreciation of Gothic aesthetics. -- .
Matthew J. A. Green is Associate Professor of English at the University of Nottingham -- .
Part I: Monstrous politics 1. Alan Moore and the Gothic tradition Matthew J.A. Green 2. 'Soap opera of the paranormal': surreal Englishness and postimperial Gothic in The Bojeffries Saga Tony Venezia 3. A Gothic politics: Alan Moore's Swamp Thing and radical ecology Maggie Gray Part II: Gothic tropes 4. 'Is that you, our Jack?': An anatomy of Alan Moore's doubling strategies Jochen Ecke 5. 'Nothing ever ends': Facing the apocalypse in Watchmen Christian W. Schneider 6. Gothic Liminality in V for Vendetta Markus Oppolzer Part III: Inheritance and adaptation 7. 'The sleep of reason': Swamp Thing and the intertextual reader Michael Bradshaw 8. Madness and the City: The collapse of reason and sanity in Alan Moore's From Hell Monica Germana 9. 'I fashioned a prison that you could not leave': The Gothic imperative in The Castle of Otranto and 'For the Man Who Has Everything' Brad Ricca 10. Radical coterie and the idea of sole survival in St Leon, Frankenstein and Watchmen Claire Sheridan 11. Reincarnating Mina Murray: Subverting the Gothic heroine? Laura Hilton Part IV: Art, magic, sex, other 12. 'These are not our Promised Resurrections': Unearthing the uncanny in Alan Moore's A Small Killing, From Hell, and A Disease of Language Christopher Murray 13. Medium, spirits and embodiment in Voice of the Fire Julia Round 14. A Darker Magic: Heterocosms and bricolage in Moore's recent reworkings of Lovecraft Matthew J. A. Green -- .