A gothic studies expert from Edge Hill University has been given the role of Reviews Editor on a prestigious journal focusing on the subject in recognition of his research.

Dr Ben Brabon, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, has been elected for the important position on the Manchester University Press journal Gothic Studies.

This interdisciplinary international journal, now in its 12th year of publication, examines all aspects of the field of Gothic studies from the 18th century to the present day.

As the most prestigious journal for the study of all things Gothic and a dynamic forum for cultural criticism and dialogue, the appointment confirms Dr Brabon’s internationally recognised research expertise in this area. An Executive Committee member of the International Gothic Association since 2003 and widely known within the field of Gothic Studies for his publication Postfeminist Gothic: Critical Interventions in Contemporary Culture (Palgrave Macmillan 2007), Dr Brabon’s most recent book, Gothic Cartography: A Literary Geography of Haunting will be published by Palgrave shortly.

Commenting on his appointment, Dr Brabon said: “I am honoured to be elected to this important position. Gothic Studies brings together the critical ideas of a vibrant international community of academics and as part of the editing process I will have the pleasure of evaluating the latest pioneering research within the field.”

Drawing upon Dr Brabon’s and other staff research interests in the Gothic,  the Department of English and History offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules with a Gothic flavour. Modules such as Gothic Romanticism, Vampire Fictions, Victorian Gothic and Trans-Gothic, analyse literary expressions of the Gothic and the cultural anxieties and fears these texts explore.

“We offer an exciting collection of modules on the Gothic,” said Dr Brabon. “Students have the opportunity to study everything from eighteenth century classics such as Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto to the contemporary vampire fiction of the Twilight saga.”

For more information on Edge Hill’s English Literature programme, please visit https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/english/courses/english-literature/.