Lykissas and Vertosick Publish in Essay Collection on TV series Supernatural

Posted on 6/27/2016 10:08:02 AM

Fourth- year PhD candidate and part-time faculty member in English Literature and Criticism Alexandra Lykissas, and third-year PhD candidate and teaching associate in English Literature and Criticism Samantha J. Vertosick each had chapters published in the edited collection "The Gothic Tradition in Supernatural: Essays on the Television Series."

The collection, published in April, examines various Gothic interventions and themes found in the popular television series that is going into its twelfth season in the fall. Lykissas’s chapter "Gothic Anxieties - Then and Now: A Post-9/11 Examination of the Gothic" investigates ways the show deals with the anxieties of a world after 9/11 that also reflect similar concerns from the Gothic tradition. Additionally, she examines how the Gothic concerns about gender and the domestic space within the show reflect a microcosm of the United States after 9/11.

Vertosick's chapter, "'Sympathy for the Devil': The Neutralization of Traditionally Evil Figures," connects themes from important Gothic works, like Milton's "Paradise Lost," to contemporary works from Neil Gaiman and Markus Zusak, and examines how major "evil" characters are "neutralized" as they become tragic figures. This creates a conflict for viewers as they try to reconcile their feelings about these antagonistic characters.

The collection is edited by Melissa Edmundson and published by MacFarland Press.