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Professor David Punter: ‘Magic and the Gothic’ via ZOOM

20 October, 2020.7:30 pm-9:00 pm

Professor David Punter talks about modern Gothic literature at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

Tuesday Talks

Magic and the Gothic

Tuesday 20th October 2020. 7.30pm until 9.00pm. £5 online via ZOOM.


The Gothic, often known as the ‘literature of terror’, and magic have had a long association. Professor David Punter talks about a few twentieth and twenty-first-century Gothic novels, by writers like Aleister Crowley, H.P. Lovecraft, Dennis Wheatley, Shirley Jackson, Iain Banks, M. John Harrison, Susanna Clarke and F.G. Cottam. All of them have to do with magic, which is to say that they approach the question of the supernatural, although from very different perspectives. They all have something to say about the afterlife, which was of course one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s major preoccupations. Some of them express belief; some do not – but the best leave it up to readers to decide for themselves. The supernatural, perhaps, is everywhere; does ritual magic, though, give us an insight into one of Conan Doyle’s preferred terms, the ‘preternatural’?
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About the Speaker

Professor David Punter

Professor of Poetry Emeritus and Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Bristol, UK

David Punter is Professor of Poetry Emeritus and Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Bristol, UK. As well as hundreds of articles and essays, he has published many books on the Gothic as well as other areas of literature. His best-known work is probably The Literature of Terror; his most recent book on the Gothic is The Gothic Condition. His other books include Writing the Passions; Rapture: Literature, Addiction, Secrecy; Metaphor; Modernity; and The Literature of Pity. He has also published six books of poetry.

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20 October, 2020
7:30 pm-9:00 pm
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The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
25 Palmerston Place
Edinburgh, EH12 5AP United Kingdom


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