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Corinthian Echoes: Gaiman, Kiernan, and The Dreaming as Sadomodernist Gothic Memoir

Department of English, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada
Humanities 2020, 9(2), 29; https://doi.org/10.3390/h9020029
Received: 20 February 2020 / Revised: 30 March 2020 / Accepted: 31 March 2020 / Published: 4 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Entangled Narratives: History, Gender and the Gothic)
This article examines Caitlín R. Kiernan’s writing for the DC/Vertigo comic series The Dreaming, a spin-off of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. It places Kiernan’s writing for the series in the wider context of both her prose fictional writings and representations of LGBTQI+ characters in American comics. It uses Moira Weigel’s concept of “sadomodernism” to characterize Kiernan’s writings, demonstrating how Kiernan’s use of this mode in The Dreaming anticipated signature characteristics of her later fictions. Close reading of selected excerpts from the published comics, as well as Kiernan’s scripts, emails, and editorial remarks alongside the work of queer and trans theorists, including Judith Butler and Jack Halberstam, reveal how groundbreaking Kiernan’s unsettling work with the series was and remains. View Full-Text
Keywords: comics; gothic fiction; fictional memoir; queer studies; weird fiction; sadomodernism; Caitlín R. Kiernan; Neil Gaiman comics; gothic fiction; fictional memoir; queer studies; weird fiction; sadomodernism; Caitlín R. Kiernan; Neil Gaiman
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Moreland, S. Corinthian Echoes: Gaiman, Kiernan, and The Dreaming as Sadomodernist Gothic Memoir. Humanities 2020, 9, 29. https://doi.org/10.3390/h9020029

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