I conducted an interview with Professor William Hughes of Bath Spa University. He is a renowned expert on Dracula and the Gothic. It was honour. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I enjoyed getting to interview him.
The blog admin interviewed Professor William Hughes. Professor Hughes is a professor of Gothic Studies at Bath Spa University, editor of the Gothic Studies journal, and the co-president of the International Gothic Association. He has many books published on Dracula, including ‘Dracula: A Reader’s Guide’. Being published soon is his book ‘That Devil’s Trick: Hypnotism in Victorian Popular Culture’ and was this week published in Victoriographies which his article ‘Kipling and Gothic Masculinity‘.
Q: Are there any overlaps with Chapbooks, Penny Dreadfuls and the consumption of the Gothic?
Yes! There are big overlaps. The best way to find them is to look at Franz Potter’s book Exhuming the Trade. It clearly shows the overlap of the working classes reading Penny Dreadfuls and the upper-class reading more well-received library books, and how the genre generally was encompassing all. Really, the themes of both types of book…
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