Dr Gabrielle Malcolm is a writer, artist and academic based in the UK. She is known for her publications on Victorian literature and culture and her writing on Shakespeare on stage, TV and Film. She has published alongside writers such as AS Byatt in 'The Dickensian' journal, and her performance art pieces were featured in the Liverpool City of Culture celebrations in 2008, at the Liverpool Tate amongst other venues. Recent publications include a chapter in 'Writing Women of the Fin de Siecle: Authors of Change' (Palgrave McMillan, 2011). She is an avid fan of the Gothic and the Neo-Victorian. Her literary blog 'A Special Mention' has many followers and she can regularly be found tweeting @gabymalcolm, with fellow Shakespeareans and fans of Gene Kelly.
This is a marvellous concoction of campy passions and ironic takes on popular culture. Always seductive, always charming, and never anything but camp, Bad Girls Series 8 ends on a high.
26 Aug 2012
The 20th century did its best to dismantle innocence and inflict ideologically based suffering on children so as to darken human psychology for generations to come. Sendak dealt in honesty to make sense of bleak legacies.
11 May 2012
Maybe hacking up a classic horror story is anathema to many readers, but there is a strange allure about stitching together a new creation from the body of the novel. What's the harm in a little experimentation?
30 Apr 2012
Anne Rice, with her (sometimes bloody) dissection of issues such as morality and desire, is answering the acquisition of the Gothic by the mainstream YA market -- and retrieving it for us grown-ups.
25 Apr 2012
The critique of transcription, adaptation, and commercialism in Philip K Dick's work is set beside that of technologies, morality and society. Rather like Blade Runner.
19 Mar 2012
She was told that she should have been a boy named 'Paul', so rejection and disappointment were a fact of life from an early age for Jeanette Winterson.
19 Mar 2012
Such a book as this is a useful reminder that everything, from every source of cultural and technological output, is marketable to someone, somewhere.
18 Mar 2012
What might be a difficult film that debates historical and ethnic rights actually turns out to be a bloody good thriller with a Victorian frame of mind.
11 Mar 2012
Time was when you couldn’t move in a library in England for romance fiction: Dames Barbara and Catherine (Cartland and Cookson) dominated the shelves. Hundreds upon hundreds of copies of their titles (in large-print format very often) were loaned out by the armful.
14 Feb 2012
When you read about the medieval mania for buggery and the Victorian craze for flagellation, it’s difficult not to feel a blushing fascination for our forebears and their proclivities.
31 Jan 2012
Marty Halpern’s editorial brief was for writers to concoct their narratives around first encounters with aliens and, duly noted, numerous authors are represented here with perfectly tailored schemes.
29 Jan 2012
Charles Dickens is a national, if not international, cultural figure. Is it such a problem that the London museum dedicated to him will be closed for the bicentenary?
25 Jan 2012
If art is meant to be creative and communicate ideas, that then prompt ideas and imaginative scenarios in the heads of others, then Shrigley makes art. If that is what art is.
24 Jan 2012
‘If you believe it enough, despite evidence to the contrary, then it’s true.’
20 Jan 2012
Desire, hunger, rage and envy are knitted together into this complex web of humanity and Normandy hams, Provençal stews, and Ostend oysters punctuate the experiences.
10 Jan 2012
Given the chance to write any kind of book on literary culture, this Cambridge professor chooses dead, white male established figures, oh – and the Brontë Sisters (everyone’s token girl writers!). No boundaries broken here.
08 Jan 2012
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