Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Allure of the Gothic

The seductive appeal of eerie Gothic Lit is the topic of Cynthia Crossen's "Dear Book Lover" column in the WSJ.

Institute visitors mentioned in the column include Margot Livesey (who visits 3/20), Institute Writing Fellow James Lasdun (who teaches a community workshop this spring), the late Angela Carter (a former workshop instructor), the late Kurt Vonnegut (New York State Author), Joyce Carol Oates (who will visit our upcoming Summer Writers Institute) and Jennifer Egan.

Vonnegut formulates his own unpublished gothic novel as: "A young woman takes a job in an old house and gets the pants scared off her."