Dossier “Gothic, Fantastic and Science Fiction: series in the cinema, television and streaming platforms”

Nineteenth-century literature witnessed the emergence of several kinds of fiction and the confluence of many literary traditions. The novel genre, as Ian Watt proposed, was in its infancy and worked as a convergence of new and old themes and narrative modes that developed throughout the century. The novel Frankenstein (1818), for instance, brought together the recent legacies of the 18th-century Gothic novel and the science fiction that arises after the Scientific Revolution. The older tradition of the fantastic found an echo in the emerging literary forms. Confluences of this type culminated in a plethora of genres that are characteristic of the 20th century and which continue to grow in the first decades of the 21st.

The 20th century also established a solid collaboration between literature and cinema that found in Gothic, fantastic and science fiction some of its most relevant and popular forms. Today, with the rise of digital technology, not only cinema but also television, video games, and streaming platforms have given clear preference to the serialization of these kinds of narratives – both in adaptations and in original creations, designed as extensive experiences of immersion in Gothic, fantastic and sci-fi universes.

This dossier is open to papers that reflect on economic, commercial, technological, cultural, literary and philosophical aspects of film, television and streaming series that explore universes of the Gothic, the fantastic, the science fiction and/or their intersections and confluences. Preference is given to contributions from a wide range of theoretical and thematic approaches about these series that occupy, in the popular cultural imagination of the 21st century, the space previously occupied by the 19th-century novel.