Authored Book

Contemporary Spanish Gothic


Davies A (2016) Contemporary Spanish Gothic. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

With the success of novels such as The Shadow of the Wind and films like The Others, contemporary Spanish culture has contributed a great deal to the imagery and experience of the Gothic, although such contributions are not always recognised as being specifically Spanish in origin. Contemporary Spanish Gothic is the first book to study how the Gothic mode intersects with cultural production in Spain today, considering some of the ways in which such production feeds off and simultaneously feeds into Gothic production more widely. Examining the works of writers and filmmakers like Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Pedro Almodóvar and Alejandro Amenábar, as well as the further reaches of Spanish Gothic influence in the Twilight film series, the book considers images and themes like the mad surgeon and the vulnerable body, the role of the haunted house, and the heritage biopics of Francisco de Goya.

film studies; horror film; Gothic; Spanish Cinema; European Film

Publication date31/10/2016
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Publisher URL…nish-gothic.html
Place of publicationEdinburgh