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The Gothic Body: Sexuality, Materialism, and Degeneration at the Fin de Siecle

The Gothic Body: Sexuality, Materialism, and Degeneration at the Fin de Siecle

by Kelly Hurley, Gillian Beer
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This book accounts for the resurgence of Gothic, and its immense popularity, during the British fin de siècle. In particular, Kelly Hurley explores a key scenario that haunts the genre: the loss of a unified and stable human identity, and the emergence of a chaotic and transformative "abhuman" identity in its place. Gothic is revealed as a highly productive and speculative genre, strongly indebted to nineteenth-century scientific, medical and social theories, including evolutionism, criminal anthropology and degeneration theory.

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ISBN-13: 9780521552592
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/26/2004
Series: Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture Series , #8
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. The Gothic Material World: 1. The revenge of matter; 2. Symptomatic readings; Part II. Gothic Bodies: 3. Evolutionism and the loss of human specificity; 4. Entropic bodies; 5. Chaotic bodies; Part III. Gothic Sexualities: 6. Uncanny female interiors; 7. Abjected masculinities; Afterword; 8. Narrative chaos.

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