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American Gothic

17 November, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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This talk by Dr Rebecca Janicker (Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies, University of Portsmouth) explores why, in a place as full of hope and promise as America, Gothic fictions took hold so quickly. From the pioneering settlers of Roanoke Island to the Pilgrim Fathers seeking religious freedom, Europeans saw the ‘New World’ as a chance for a fresh start. This new land, with its abundance of resources, represented space, freedom and opportunity. When America declared its independence from Great Britain in 1776, the founding of a new nation meant the chance to do things differently. Yet leaving the ‘Old World’ behind would not be easy and starting afresh, in a new land, would bring its own challenges. The talk will consider America’s fixation with darkness, from early gothic novels through to high-profile TV tales such as American Horror Story: Roanoke.

This event is part of the ‘Imagining New Worlds’ series by the University of Portsmouth.

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University of Portsmouth, Square Tower Portsmouth, Portmouth Central Library

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17 November, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Online: University of Portsmouth
Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue
Portsmouth, South East PO1 2DJ United Kingdom
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