Author: Tom Bullington

Thomas Bullington is a doctoral candidate with the Department of English at the University of Mississippi. His research interests include 18th century British literature, ecocriticism, and video games as literary texts and pedagogical tools. You can follow his blog "Bowties and Pedagogy" at

My love affair with Castlevania has been long in the making.  I like to tell people that Castlevania: Symphony of the Night made me an 18th century scholar, since it takes place in 1797 and features prickly harpsichord music composed by the marvelous Michiru Yamane.  Symphony of the Night plays up a perfect contrast of creepy and polite that I would later find in 18th century gothic novels.  I didn’t learn until very late in my career as a graduate student in English that video games are a viable area of study, until I read Rhetoric/Composition/Play through Video Games.  The fanboy in me found…

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