I signed my first book contract today! It’s a goal that I’ve been working towards for the past six years, and have been really focusing on for the past two years as a part of my post-doctoral programme.
The provisional title of my book is The Gothic Doll: Gender Construction and Female Identity in Gothic Narratives and it will be part of the Palgrave Gothic Series which is edited by Professor Clive Bloom. The central focus of my research will examine how the Gothic doll differs from her more familiar Horror counterpart in her representation of female identity. It will explore the doll motif in a selection of eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth-century Gothic narratives ranging from classic literature to hypertexts, contemporary stop-motion films, and surrealist art. It’s a project that I’ve loved from the very beginning and one that I’m so happy to continue working on. I only hope that it will turn out as interesting as I imagine it to be in my head.
It’s going to be a busy year of research and writing but I’m looking forward to every minute of it and am so excited to have my first book published in conjunction with 2018’s Year of Publishing Women! #readwomen