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Craig Thomson

“The Monstrous Lore of The People”:  The Folkloresque, Monstrosity and British & Irish Horror Literature (1846-1914).

My current research investigates how the emerging 21st century concept of the folkloresque might be deployed as a way of recontextualising our cultural understanding of many of the popular horror texts of the late 19th and early 20th century.

By applying this in relation to such canonical texts as Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) and Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902), as well as lesser known texts such as George W.M. Reynold’s Wagner, the Wehr -Wolf (1846-47), this project will not only attempt to trace the link between folklore, monstrosity and horror as popular cultural subjects within late 19th and early 20th century Britain and Ireland, but it will also work to reconfigure how we understand the folkloresque beyond its standard association with 20th and 21st century texts.

Supervisor: Professor Roger Luckhurst