Professor Catherine Spooner

Professor of Literature and Culture

Research Interests

Catherine Spooner's particular research interests incorporate Gothic literature, film, and popular culture, and fashion and costume in literature and film, within the broader spectrum of Victorian and contemporary literature and culture.

Catherine's latest book is Post-Millennial Gothic: Comedy, Romance and the Rise of Happy Gothic, published by Bloomsbury in February 2017. The book was the outcome of a 9-month AHRC Research Fellowship and explores such phenomena as the perennial revival of Gothic style on the high street, the advent of the sparkly vampire, and Gothic tourism in Whitby, in relation to developments in twenty-first century subcultures.Catherine is also the author of Fashioning Gothic Bodies (2004) and Contemporary Gothic (2006). Contemporary Gothic was translated into Korean in 2008. She has co-edited three books: The Routledge Companion to Gothic (with Emma McEvoy, 2007), Monstrous Media/Spectral Subjects: Imaging Gothic from the Nineteenth Century to the Present (with Fred Botting, 2015) and Return to Twin Peaks: New Approaches to Materiality, Theory and Genre on Television (with Jeffrey A. Weinstock, 2015).Catherine is currently working on a cultural history of the white dress in Gothic literature and film, and on the cultural afterlife of the Lancashire witches.

Catherine has recently contributed to the volumes accompanying three major exhibitions: Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film at the British Film Institute; Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination at the British Library and Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She has given public talks at venues including the Barbican Gallery, the BFI, the British Library, the Bronte Parsonage Museum, ICA London and the V&A, and has made media appearances on BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Three Counties Radio. Catherine was co-President, with Angela Wright, of the International Gothic Association 2013-17.

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'Last night I dreamt I went to Collinwood again': Vampire adaptation and reincarnation romance in Dark Shadows
Spooner, C.L. 28/07/2017 In: Horror Studies. 8, 2, p. 205-222. 18 p.
Journal article

Post-millennial gothic: comedy, romance and the rise of happy Gothic
Spooner, C. 23/02/2017 London : Bloomsbury Academic. 213 p. ISBN: 9781441101211.
Book

'The Gothic is part of history, just as history is part of the Gothic': gothicizing history and historicizing the Gothic in Celia Rees' young adult fiction
Spooner, C.L. 2017 In: New Directions in Children's Gothic. New York : Routledge p. 132-146. 15 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Danielle Dax
Spooner, C.L. 2016 In: Lost souls of horror and the gothic. McFarland & Co Inc p. 63-67. 5 p.
Chapter

Virtual Gothic women
Spooner, C.L. 2016 In: Women and the Gothic. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press p. 199-213. 15 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Return to Twin Peaks: new approaches to materiality, theory, and genre on television
Weinstock, J.A., Spooner, C.L. 18/11/2015 New York : Palgrave Macmillan. 272 p. ISBN: 9781137563842. Electronic ISBN: 9781137556950.
Book

Wrapped in plastic: David Lynch's Material Girls
Spooner, C.L. 18/11/2015 In: Return to Twin Peaks. New York : Palgrave Macmillan p. 105-120. 16 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

A Gothic mind
Spooner, C. 2015 In: Alexander McQueen. London : V&A Publishing p. 140-157. 18 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Monstrous media/spectral subjects: imaging gothic from the nineteenth century to the present
Spooner, C., Botting, F. 2015 Manchester : Manchester University Press. 175 p. ISBN: 9780719089770.
Book

Twenty-first century Gothic
Spooner, C. 10/2014 In: Terror and wonder. London : British Library p. 180-205. 26 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Gothic charm school, or, how vampires learned to sparkle
Spooner, C. 12/2013 In: Open graves, open minds. Manchester : Manchester University Press p. 146-164. 19 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Costuming the outsider in Tim Burton's cinema, or, why a corset is like a codfish
Spooner, C. 7/11/2013 In: The works of Tim Burton. New York : Palgrave Macmillan p. 47-63. 17 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Costuming Vampires
Spooner, C. 2013 In: Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film. London : BFI Publishing p. 20-21. 2 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Gothic 1950-present
Spooner, C. 2013 In: The Encyclopedia of the Gothic. Wiley-Blackwell
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Gothic lifestyle
Spooner, C. 2013 In: The gothic world. London : Routledge p. 441-453. 13 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Masks, Veils and Disguises
Spooner, C. 2013 In: The Encyclopedia of the Gothic. Wiley-Blackwell
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Popular culture
Spooner, C. 2013 In: The Encyclopedia of the Gothic. Wiley-Blackwell
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Technologies
Spooner, C. 2013 In: The Encyclopedia of the Gothic. Wiley-Blackwell
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

The Lady is a Vamp: Cruella de Vil and the Cultural Politics of Fur
Spooner, C. 08/2012 In: Fashion Talks. New York : SUNY Press p. 165-178. 14 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Forget Nu Rave, We’re Into Nu Grave!: Styling Gothic in the Twenty-first Century
Spooner, C. 9/05/2012 In: The Gothic in Contemporary Literature and Culture. London : Routledge p. 182-194. 13 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Modes of wearing the towel: masculinity, insanity and clothing in Trollope's 'The Turkish Bath'
Spooner, C. 2012 In: Bodies and Things in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 66-83. 17 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Review Article: Glamorising the Gothic
Spooner, C. 05/2011 In: Gothic Studies. 13, 1, p. 95-106. 12 p.
Journal article

Goth Culture
Spooner, C. 2011 In: A New Companion to the Gothic. Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell p. 150-165. 16 p. ISBN: 978-1405198066.
Chapter

Dark looks : an interview with Valerie Steele.
Spooner, C.L. 01/2010 In: Horror Studies. 1, 1, p. 143-160. 18 p.
Journal article

Crime and the gothic.
Spooner, C.L. 2010 In: A Companion to Crime Fiction. Chichester : Wiley-Blackwell p. 245-257. 13 p. ISBN: 978-1405167659.
Chapter

Preface
Spooner, C. 2010
Foreword/postscript

The haunted lecture theatre: ghosts in the Academy in the BBC’s Sea of Souls
Spooner, C.L. 2010 In: Popular ghosts. London : Continuum p. 175-184. 10 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

‘[T]hat eventless realm': Hilary Mantel’s Beyond Black and the Ghosts of the M25.
Spooner, C.L. 2010 In: London gothic : place, space and the gothic imagination. London : Continuum p. 80-90. 11 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

On parasols.
Spooner, C.L. 2009 In: Fleur de Sel: An Installation. Venice and Cumbria : FoldBooks p. 17-23. 7 p. ISBN: 095499602.
Chapter

Contemporary Gothic.
Spooner, C.L. 2008 Seoul : Sammungeok Press. 232 p. ISBN: 9788996131120.
Book

Goth boys in the media : femininity and violence.
Spooner, C.L. 2008 In: A Men's Fashion Reader. New York : Fairchild Books 145 p. ISBN: 9781563675362.
Chapter

Gothic in Contemporary Popular Culture
Spooner, C. 05/2007 In: Gothic Studies. 9, 1, 103 p.
Special issue

Gothic in the twentieth century.
Spooner, C.L. 2007 In: The Routledge Companion to Gothic. London : Routledge p. 38-48. 11 p. ISBN: 9780415398428.
Chapter

The Routledge Companion to Gothic.
Spooner, C.L., McEvoy, E. 2007 Routledge. 304 p. ISBN: 978-0415398435.
Book

Undead fashion: nineties style and the perennial return of goth
Spooner, C.L. 2007 In: Goth: Undead Subculture. Durham and London : Duke University Press p. 143-155. 13 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

‘Spiritual garments': fashioning spirits in Sarah Waters’ Affinity
Spooner, C.L. 2007 In: Styling texts : dress and fashion in literature. Youngstown, New York : Cambria Press p. 351-368. 18 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Contemporary Gothic.
Spooner, C.L. 2006 Reaktion Books. 175 p. ISBN: 978-1861893017.
Book

Fashioning Gothic Bodies.
Spooner, C.L. 2004 Manchester University Press. 224 p. ISBN: 978-0719064012.
Book

Angela Carter.
Spooner, C.L. 2003 In: The Continuum Encyclopaedia of British Literature. Continuum 2 p.
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Counterculture and literature.
Spooner, C.L. 2003 In: The Continuum Encyclopaedia of British Literature. Continuum 4 p.
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Emma Tennant.
Spooner, C.L. 2003 In: The Continuum Encyclopaedia of British Literature. Continuum 3 p.
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Cosmo-Gothic: the Double and the Single Woman.
Spooner, C.L. 11/2001 In: Women: A Cultural Review. 12, 3, p. 292-305. 14 p.
Journal article