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Catherine Spooner

Professor of Literature and Culture, Lancaster University

Catherine Spooner specialises in Gothic literature and culture from the 19th century to the present, with a particular emphasis on fashion. Her first book, Fashioning Gothic Bodies, examined the relationship between Gothic literature and dress from the French Revolution to Goth subculture. This was followed by Contemporary Gothic, an exploration of contemporary uses of Gothic in literature, film, television, fashion, art and consumer culture. Her third monograph, Post-Millennial Gothic: Comedy, Romance and the Rise of Happy Gothic, offered a new assessment of contemporary popular Gothic, from Tim Burton to Twilight, in relation to Goth subculture. She has co-edited books on Gothic media and the TV series Twin Peaks, as well as the Routledge Companion to Gothic and the Cambridge History of the Gothic Volume 3: the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries. She was co-president of the International Gothic Association 2013-2017.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in English, Lancaster University