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Much has been written about the (Female) Gothic, the Final Girl, and hagiography, but never have the three been brought together. Although themes of religion, saintliness, martyrisation, and turmoil permeate Gothic literature and rhetoric, the direct correlation between medieval saints’ lives and contemporary victim-heroes is minimal at best.

My research intends to change/challenge the perspectives through which the Gothic has been viewed, introducing the deeply historic and visual tradition of hagiography’s illuminated manuscripts, stained-glass windows, and cults-of-personality to the Gothic, a genre that has always valued ekphrastic modes. Such a comparative (re)tracing and (re)reading of the medieval with the Contemporary argues for a different understanding of how sanctity is modelled, especially in consideration of the continuous narratives regarding tormented female bodies, the intersection of (un)willing martyrs, the symbols we turn them into, and the monstrous potential such women possess(ed).


Born and raised in Pasadena, California, Meaghan has pursued research in numerous fields: Mid 19th-Century Sensational Literature; Polish posters from 1955-1989; Feminist art in 1970s Poland; and now Medieval Hagiography & Contemporary Gothic/Horror. When not researching Meaghan enjoys spending time with friends, spoiling her pet cat Bowie, watching slasher films, being outdoors, spreading her love for actor Nicolas Cage, and co-hosting her pet project Modern Medieval: The Podcast.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, "Letters in the Wind: Language, Poetry and Displacement in Ewa Partumʼs Active Art" [Distinction], University College London (UCL)


Master of Science, "Warsaw Plakatodrom: The Poster in the Iconosphere of the City 1955-1989" [Distinction], University of Edinburgh


Bachelor of Arts, "Mysteries of Criticism: Social Criticism in Baron Ludwig von Reizensteinʼs Serial Novel 'The Mysteries of New Orleans' (1854-1855)" [Distinction], University of California, Berkeley


Areas of expertise

  • PE English
  • PN1993 Motion Pictures
  • Horror
  • Hollywood
  • Art House
  • Film Noire
  • Slasher
  • Film Theory
  • PR English literature
  • Gothic
  • Horror
  • Contemporary Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Poetry
  • Sensational Literature
  • Medieval Studies
  • Medievalism
  • Hagiography
  • Contemporary Gothic
  • EcoHorror
  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • Posters
  • Film
  • Feminist Art
  • Medieval Art
  • Polish Art


  • Hagiography
  • Medievalism
  • Horror
  • Gothic
  • Feminism


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