The Gothic Body
Sexuality, Materialism, and Degeneration at the Fin de Siecle
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Gothic Body by Kelly Hurley
Book DescriptionReaders 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 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 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521552592
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-Dec-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Kelly Hurley
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Paperback / softback (September 2014)
Stevenson's masterpiece about the duality of good and evil in man's nature sprang from the darkest recesses of his own unconscious mind. More than 100 years later, his enduring classic remains the irresistibly terrifying stuff of nightmares. Revised reissue.
Gothic Body, Paperback (July 2004)» View all books by Kelly Hurley
The popularity of the Gothic in the British fin de siecle, and its links with scientific and social theories.
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