Luke TurleyPhD student
My thesis explores how magic and fantasy engages with increasingly tense political issues, asking how, by using magic as a metaphor for power and agency, it troubles the current state of things.
Each chapters will engage with a specific political framework – Feminism, Environmentalism, Capitalism, Governance, Religion, and Race – and will consist of case studies where I analyse specific texts, focusing on how post-1997 Fantasy can both inform and be informed by Millennial political viewpoints.
Ultimately what I will prove is that any text which incorporates magic must be considered part of a wider discourse on power and must be a read as a political text. Furthermore, that texts post-1997 have been strongly informed and influenced by the millennial generation – the Harry Potter generation – and the liberal political ideologies they, for the majority, espouse.
While my thesis focuses primarily on the Fantasy genre and more widely interested in any of the "Fantastika" genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy and the Gothic. My current research for my thesis focuses on the link between post-1997 Fantasy, magic as power, and millenial politics; I've previously done research on "Island Gothic" for my MA dissertation and is something I wish to develop further at a later date.
Editorial and Leadership Experience
Executive Editor for LUX: Undergraduate Journal of Literature and Culture
‘Who Doesn’t Love a Good Scare?’: Liberal Horror in Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018). International Gothic Association 2019: Gothic Terror, Gothic Horror. Lewis University, USA. 30th July – 2nd Aug 2019. (1st Aug).
‘Unholy Relicts’: Monsters in the Polluted World of The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (2015). Next-Gen 2019. Lancaster University. 20th June 2019.
‘Who Doesn’t Love a Good Scare?’: Liberal Horror in Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018). Gothic Spectacle. Lancaster University. 1st June 2019.
‘This is Hell, of course there’s a gift shop’: Gothic Afterlives in The Good Place (2016). Reimagining the Gothic V: Returns, Revenge, Reckonings. University of Sheffield. 10th-12th May 2019 (11th May).
‘On this island I find degeneracy’: Reading island narratives through a Gothic lens. Reimagining the Gothic IV: Aesthetics and Archetypes. University of Sheffield. 26th-28th Oct 2018 (27th Oct).
‘A Survivor is Born’: Considering the Castaway in the Contemporary ‘Island Gothic’. Anomalies: A Conference. Lancaster University. 20th June 2018.
Oct 2017 -Sep 2018
MA in English Literary Studies
My dissertation developed my own concept of the ‘Island Gothic’, a mode of Gothic which utilised the island space within castaway texts to create a heightened sense of fear, terror and claustrophobia.
Lancaster University; Dissertation supervised by Prof Catherine Spooner.
Oct 2013 -Jun 2016
BA in English Literature
University of Chester