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The Gothic Body: Sexuality, Materialism, and Degeneration at the Fin de Si Cle - Kelly Hurley
The Gothic Body: Sexuality, Materialism, and Degeneration at the Fin de Si Cle
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Readers familiar with Dracula and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde may not know that dozens of equally remarkable Gothic texts were written in Great Britain at the end of the 19th century. This book accounts for the resurgence of Gothic, as well as its immense popularity, during the... show more
Readers familiar with Dracula and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde may not know that dozens of equally remarkable Gothic texts were written in Great Britain at the end of the 19th century. This book accounts for the resurgence of Gothic, as well as its immense popularity, during the British fin de siecle. 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. She shows that such representations of gothic bodies are strongly indebted to those found in 19th-century biology and social medicine, evolutionism, criminal anthropology and degeneration theory. Gothic is revealed as a highly productive and speculative genre, standing in opportunistic relation to 19th-century scientific and social theories.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780521552592 (0521552591)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Edition language: English
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