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

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: July 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521607117

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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 nineteenth-century. This book accounts for the resurgence of Gothic, and its immense popularity, during the British fin de siècle. 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 nineteenth-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 nineteenth-century scientific and social theories.

    • Timely study, revealing for the first time the importance of the Gothic to fin-de-siècle literature and culture
    • Draws important links between literary genre and scientific and social theories of the time
    • Sets popular texts such as Dracula and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in their literary, social and scientific context
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    • Date Published: July 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521607117
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 150 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Author

    Kelly Hurley, University of Colorado, Boulder

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