By Anna Mercer
THE YEAR OF GOTHIC WOMEN
The year 2023 marks the bicentenary of both Ann Radcliffe’s death and two major publications for Mary Shelley: the first edition of Valperga and the second edition of Frankenstein. The 200th anniversary of such significant moments for these two women writers is made all the more poignant because the year falls between important bicentenary dates for some of the most widely celebrated Romantic men: the death of Keats in 2021, P. B. Shelley in 2022, and Byron in 2024. The ‘Gothic Women’ project will organise a conference in 2023 to celebrate Radcliffe, Shelley, and other Gothic women writers.
In the build-up to such an event, and in these isolating times, the ‘Gothic Women’ project will present a curated online seminar series in 2021-22 to celebrate the work of ‘Gothic Women’ and to recognise exciting new strands of scholarship on such writers. We will be inviting established, early career, and postgraduate scholars to showcase the diversity of women’s Gothic writing through examining the different ways in which the Gothic thinks about questions of self-definition in a time of crisis. We envisage panels on such subjects as: the forthcoming complete edition of Radcliffe’s work with CUP, Frankenstein ‘then …read more