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The chapters in this volume are enquiries into the nature of Gothic spatiality. Reading Gothic spaces as mirroring various cultures, the contributors not only explore Gothic localities, which possess the potential to raise a number of critical questions, but also examine Gothic mind-sets like those evoked by enclosed, segregated, remote, lonely, haunted, strange or suddenly unfamiliar spaces.
Look into the dark mirror of the Gothic text and you will become aware of the strange and uncanny aspects of familiar spaces. The twelve chapters in this collection are enquiries into the nature of Gothic spatiality, exploring Gothic spaces from Italy to Cornwall to small-town USA, looking at Gothic locations like the London suburbs and a remote mining town in the Indian jungle, or Gothic buildings like the Paris opera, the haunted high-rise buildings of Finnish suburbia, or a semi-abandoned North-American motel. Reading Gothic spaces as reflections of various cultures, the contributors not only explore Gothic localities, which possess the potential to raise a number of critical questions, but also examine Gothic mind-sets like those evoked by enclosed, segregated, remote, lonely, haunted, strange or suddenly unfamiliar spaces. Bringing together a variety of critical perspectives, the collection will be of interest to academics and students interested in the Gothic, literary and cultural studies, film and media studies as well as creative writing and popular culture.
Table of Contents
In a Glass Darkly’: Heterotopias and Gothic Spatiality
Anya Heise-von der Lippe
Section 1: Gothic Structures
Anarchy in the USA: Community, Cannibalism, and Chaos in Joe R. Lansdale and Stephen King
‘No More America?: Gothic Terminations in Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story
Psycho and the American Modern Gothic
Gothic Romance Revisited: Villains on Screen and a Twist in Convention
Section 2: Gothic Spaces
Paris Opera as an Edifice and a Literary Haunted House
Polymorphous Masculinities: Gothic in Fin-de-Siècle Suburbia
Horrified Residing: Ghost Houses in Finnish Postmodern Horror
Section 3: Gothic Geographies
Cornwall, Venice and the Supernatural: Varying Functions of the Gothic in Daphne du Maurier’s ‘The Birds’ and ‘Don’t Look Now’
Italian Gothic Literature: The Case of Antonio Fogazzaro’s Malombra
An Abyss of Sadness and Infinite Loss: The Postcolonial Indian Gothic in Anuradha Roy’s An Atlas of Impossible Longing
Lydia Saleh Rofail
Gothic Spaces in Fantasy Fiction: The Use of Place Archetypes in Nix’s Sabriel and Other Novels
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About the Editor
Anya Heise-von der Lippe is an external lecturer in English Literature and Cultural Studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin and an editor of language learning media with a major German schoolbook publisher. Her research and teaching focuses on a wide range of theories, forms and textual representations of Gothic bodies from monsters and freaks to post-humans and other forms of deviant corporeality. She has published on post-apocalyptic bodies in the dystopian novels of Margaret Atwood and Angela Carter, on representations of female Gothic bodies in Toni Morrison’s works and on aesthetic strategies of monstrous creation in contemporary adaptations of Frankenstein. Her PhD thesis, which she is currently in the process of completing, focuses on parallels of textual and corporeal structures and aesthetics in the contemporary Gothic. In her free time you can often catch her watching trashy monster films or reading cheesy costume Gothics ‘for research purposes’.
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