Mustafa and Wielgos Edit Special Issue on Gothic Adaptation

Drs. Mustafa and Wielgos Edit Special Issue on Gothic Adaptation

Published: January 8, 2024.

Drs. Jamil Mustafa and Christopher Wielgos, professors of English Studies, edited a special issue of Humanities entitled "Gothic Adaptation: Intermedial and Intercultural Shape-Shifting".

Considering adaptations ranging from films and television shows to fairy tales and music videos, the essays in this special issue demonstrate how adaptation is the lifeblood of the Gothic—how it sustains itself, evolves, and meets its moment.

Included in the collection is an essay by Mustafa, “Monsters in Mirrors: Duality, Triangulation, and Multiplicity in Two Adaptations of Jekyll and Hyde.” Mustafa draws on the theories of Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze to contend that Roy Ward Baker’s Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971) and episodes of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful (2014–2016) use triangulation to deconstruct themselves, moving beyond the duality of culture’s most famously divided pair toward multiplicity—a complex, ever-changing, multipart structure that transcends both duality and unity.

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