Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Translated from the Spanish by Michelle Gil-Montero. In this book of lyric critical essays, Argentinian poet and critic María Negroni writes about Gothic works—ranging from Horace Walpole's classic novel The Castle of Otranto to Julia Kristeva's Black Sun to James Cameron's film Aliens—and develops an accumulative, absorbing, transnational theory of politics and aesthetics. In the introduction she writes: "I want to share something of that fascinating imaginary, packed with castles and lakes, crypts and laboratories, music boxes and evil gardens, urban ruins and boats like coffins ferrying magnificent dreams. Because in that atmosphere, it is my impression, something crucial materializes: a purely sentimental domain where it is suddenly possible to perceive, under any light, the critical link between childhood and atrocity, art and crime, passion and fear, and the desire for fusion and writing."
María Negroni has published several books of poetry and essays, and two novels. ISLANDIA (Station Hill Press), Night Journey (Princeton University Press), Andanza (The Tango Lyrics) (Quattro Books), MOUTH OF HELL (Action Books), and THE ANNUNCIATION (Action Books) have appeared in English translation. Her work has also been translated into Swedish, Portuguese, Italian and French. Negroni received a Guggenheim fellowship for poetry in 1994, a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship in 1998, the Fundación Octavio Paz fellowship for poetry in 2001, and The New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in 2005. She also received a National Book Award for her collection of poems El viaje de la noche, the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for ISLANDIA, and the Siglo XXI International Prize for Non-Fiction for Galería Fantástica. She taught at Sarah Lawrence College from 1999 to 2014, and is now directing the first Creative Writing Program to exist in Argentina at Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero.