This is a permanent seminar initiated in January 2010. It is, so far as we know, the first forum for the study of the Gothic genre in Spain. Its major research concern at present is the construction of a ‘grammar’ of Gothic.

For the purposes of the Seminar, Gothic is understood as a historical genre that emerged in the latter part of the eighteenth century and evolved into other genres (Victorian horror fiction, science-fiction, adventure) in the course of the 1820s and 30s. While there can be no question that horror literature exhibits continuity over two and a half centuries, it seems advisable to keep the semantics of ‘Gothic’ to the historical period ranging roughly from 1764 to 1824.

The MGS welcomes students and scholars interested in Gothic literature, its history and its role in eighteenth-century culture. Its general goal is to provide a forum for research and debate. Meetings are held in the Faculty of Humanities at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, module VI-bis, room 312.


Seminar coordinators:

Manuel Aguirre

Beatriz Sánchez

Regular Seminar members:

Ina Böttger

Lidia Creus

Irene Díaz

Celia Marqués

Yevguenyi Pavlosvsky

Belén Piqueras

Paloma Taheri

Maria Anna Zazzarino