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The Gothic and death,9781784992699

The Gothic and death

Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 3/27/2017
Publisher(s): Manchester University Press
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The Gothic and death offers the first ever published study devoted to the subject of the Gothic and death across the centuries. It investigates how the multifarious strands of the Gothic and the concepts of death, dying, mourning and memorialisation ('the Death Question') - have intersected and been configured cross-culturally to diverse ends from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day. Drawing on recent scholarship in such fields as Gothic Studies, film theory, Women's and Gender Studies and Thanatology Studies, this interdisciplinary collection of fifteen essays by international scholars combines an attention to socio-historical and cultural contexts with a rigorous close reading of works, both classic and lesser known. This area of enquiry is considered by way of such popular and uncanny figures as corpses, ghosts, zombies and vampires, and across various cultural and literary forms such as Graveyard Poetry, Romantic poetry, Victorian literature, nineteenth-century Italian and Russian literature, Anglo-American film and television, contemporary Young Adult fiction and Bollywood film noir.

Table of Contents

Introduction - The corpse in the closet: the gothic, death, and modernity - Carol Margaret Davison

Part I: Gothic graveyards and afterlives

1. Past, present and future death in the graveyard - Serena Trowbridge

2. On the very verge of legitimate invention': Charles Bonnet and Blake's illustrations to The Grave (1808)' - Sibylle Erle

3. Entranced by death: Horace Smith's Mesmerism - Bruce Wyse

Part II: Gothic revolutions and undead histories

4. "This dreadful machine": the spectacle of death and the aesthetics of crowd control - Emma Galbally and Conrad Brunström

5. Undying histories: Washington Irving's gothic afterlives - Yael Maurer

6. Deadly interrogations: cycles of death and transcendence in Byron's gothic - Adam White

Part III: Gothic apocalypses: dead selves/dead civilizations

7. The annihilation of self and Species: The ecogothic sensibilities of Mary Shelley and Nathaniel Hawthorne - Jennifer Schell

8. Death cults in gothic "lost world" fiction' - John Cameron Hartley

9. Dead again: zombies and the spectre of cultural decline - Matthew Pangborn

Part IV: Global gothic dead

10. A double dose of death in Iginio Ugo Tarchetti's "I Fatali" - Christina Petraglia

11. Through the opaque veil: the gothic and death in Russian realism - Katherine Bowers

12. Afterdeath and the Bollywood gothic noir - Vijay Mishra

Part V: Twenty-first century gothic and death

13. Dead and ghostly children in contemporary literature for young people - Michelle J. Smith

14. Modernity's fatal addictions: technological necromancy and E. Elias Merhige's Shadow of the Vampire' - Carol Margaret Davison

15. "I'm not in that thing you know ... I'm remote. I'm in the cloud": networked spectrality in Charlie Brooker's "Be Right Back" - Neal Kirk


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