The second round of the books I ordered from the library have now arrived, and two of them were in hardcover no less. Not something you see every day, and certainly not in the “popular fiction” realm of theory, which tends to be relegated to trade paperback – not too shabby, but not quite as satisfying as a nice hardcover edition. This week’s haul includes:
Levine, Elana, and Lisa Parks, eds., Undead TV: Essays on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
(Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008). This one is a long shot, but I’m hoping it will have a few interesting articles relating monsters (and slayers) to posthumanism, and to cross-media adaptations.
Khair, Tabish, and Johan Höglund, eds., Transnational and Postcolonial Vampires: Dark Blood
(New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Who could resist a book with this title? I read more of less all of the contemporary theory on vampires out there while I was writing my BA and MA theses, but this is a new one. Again, hoping for some good approaches to adaptation and monstrosity.
Byron, Glennis, and Dale Townshend, eds., The Gothic World
(London: Routledge, 2014). This one is on the list purely because of the authors and the subject. A new overview of the Gothic (particularly focussed on new media) by two scholars who have done good work on the Gothic together in the past is a must-read text. And because it only just came out no one else had requested it yet – though I’m sure it would have made it to the library eventually.
Today I hop a flight back to the Netherlands for the Christmas holidays, and tomorrow bright and early I’ll be headed into Amsterdam for a Dutch-language day conference called Well and Unwell: The Body in the 19th Century. Hoping to meet lots of people with similar interests there, hear some new ideas, and also to start building up a Dutch network of contacts. You never know where a good job might open up.