Samira Aziz

PhD Student in English Literature

The Return to History in 21st Century Gothic Fiction

Supervisors: Dr Anna Jackson & Dr Charles Ferrall


Postmodern Gothic fiction, indeed Gothic fiction, as a whole, problematizes history as unknowable and fragmented. However, in recent years, Gothic fiction is increasingly returning to history, less concerned with the verisimilitude of the documentary traces of the past and more concerned with what there is to be learnt from it and how an ethical relationship should be negotiated between Self and Other. As this return to history and ethics is no longer explainable through postmodernism, I intend to use metamodernism to account for this shift.


Samira Aziz is a senior lecturer at the Department of English and Modern Language in North South University, Bangladesh. She is currently on study leave to pursue her PhD at Victoria University of Wellington.