Consumption, Gender and Technology in Contemporary Fictions
By (author) Fred Botting
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Gothic Romanced by Fred Botting
Book DescriptionThe dark, destructive and monstrous elements of gothic fiction have traditionally been seen in opposition to the rose-tinted idealism of Romanticism. In this ground-breaking study, Fred Botting re-evaluates the relationship between the two genres in order to plot the shifting alignments of popular and literary fictions with cultural theories, consumption and representations of science. Gothic Romanced traces the history of gothic and romantic writings from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to the present day. It examines the ways in which these genres were aligned with the historical process of modernity - with the Gothic representing the negative aspects of vice and barbarism that accompanied the changing parameters of civilisation, while Romance clung on to traditional values, manners and feelings. The book demonstrates how these genres have evolved together alongside cultural shifts and postmodern theories, blurring the binary between the sacred and the profane. Botting considers Romance and the Gothic from Mary Shelley, Anne Rice and Alasdair Gray through to Alien and Star Trek. He manages a fluid and extensive exploration of generic boundaries, including gothic fiction, romantic poetry, literary pastiches, popular horror fiction, cyberpunk and science fiction.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415450904
(216mm x 138mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 23-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Fred Botting
Monstrous Media/Spectral Subjects, Hardback (April 2015)
Explores the intersection of monsters, ghosts, representation and technology in Gothic texts from the nineteenth century to the present.
Limits of Horror, Paperback (October 2010)
This is a major re-evaluation of the role and cultural significance of Gothic horror. It offers analysis of literary, film, art and popular cultural texts and critical explanations of key terms (horror, uncanny etc.) to interrogate the contemporary and historical significance of monsters, vampires and ghosts in technological and consumer culture.
Bataille, Paperback (April 2001)» View all books by Fred Botting
This text offers examples of ways of reading literary and cultural texts in the light of Bataille's work. The chapters explore Bataillean notions such as heterology, transgression and eroticism, demonstrating their significance for both contemporary and futural modes of cultural analysis.
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Author Biography - Fred Botting
Fred Botting is Professor in the Institute for Cultural Research, Lancaster University. He has written extensively on Gothic fiction and Cultural Theory and his books include Gothic (Routledge 1996), Sex, Machines and Navels (Manchester University Press 1999) and, with Scott Wilson, Bataille (Palgrave, 2001) and The Tarantinian Ethics (Sage, 2001).
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