Revolutionary Histories – Caribbean literatures, slavery and the Gothic

Through four presentations on Caribbean literature, slavery, revolution and the Gothic genre, this seminar seeks to address the role of Caribbean literatures, and particularly the transatlantic Gothic genre, in representing and reflecting on European and Caribbean revolutionary events and slave uprisings.

In 1800 the Marquis de Sade famously linked Gothic fiction to the political violence of the revolutionary era when he called Gothic novels the “necessary fruits of the revolutionary tremors felt by the whole of Europe”.

The revolutionary uprisings of the Age of Revolution shook both Europe and the West Indies in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. What part did Gothic literature play in imagining and making sense of the revolutionary events in France, Saint-Domingue and Jamaica?

Send an email to Stephanie Volder if you want to sign up, and you will receive a Zoom-link.

The seminar is funded by Uses of the Past and Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies (Aarhus University)


  • Brycchan Carey (Northumbria University)
  • Marie Mulvey-Roberts (University of the West of England, Bristol)
  • Katrine Lohmann (University of Copenhagen)
  • Stephanie Volder (Aarhus University)

Programme, abstracts and biographs (pdf)