The Gothic Other: Racial and Social Constructions in the Literary Imagination

The Gothic Other: Racial and Social Constructions in the Literary Imagination

by Ruth Bienstock Anolik
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786418583

ISBN-13: 9780786418589

Pub. Date: 07/01/2004

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Literary use of the Gothic is marked by an anxious encounter with otherness, with the dark and mysterious unknown. From its earliest manifestations in the turbulent eighteenth century, this seemingly escapist mode has provided for authors a useful ground upon which to safely confront very real fears and horrors.

The essays here examine texts in which Gothic fear

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Overview

Literary use of the Gothic is marked by an anxious encounter with otherness, with the dark and mysterious unknown. From its earliest manifestations in the turbulent eighteenth century, this seemingly escapist mode has provided for authors a useful ground upon which to safely confront very real fears and horrors.

The essays here examine texts in which Gothic fear is relocated onto the figure of the racial and social Other, the Other who replaces the supernatural ghost or grotesque monster as the code for mystery and danger, ultimately becoming as horrifying, threatening and unknowable as the typical Gothic manifestation. The range of essays reveals that writers from many canons and cultures are attracted to the Gothic as a ready medium for expression of racial and social anxieties. The essays are grouped into sections that focus on such topics as race, religion, class, and centers of power.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786418589
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the dark unknown1
Pt. IDemonizing the racial other, humanizing the self
1White terror, black dreams : gothic constructions of race in the nineteenth century17
2Slavery and civic recovery : gothic interventions in Whitman and Weld32
3Cane : Jean Tomer's gothic black modernism54
4Mixed blood couples : monsters and miscegenation in U.S. horror cinema72
5Diseased states, public minds : native American ghosts in early national literature90
6Yellow peril, dark hero : Fu Manchu and the "gothic bedevilment" of racist intent104
7A return to the caves : E. M. Forster's gothic passage120
Pt. IIDemonizing the religious other, humanizing the self
8Gothic routes, or the thrills of ethnography : Frances Calderon de la Barca's Life in Mexico143
9The infamous svengali : George Du Maurier's Satanic Jew163
Pt. IIIDark master, dark slave : class hatred and class fear
10The death of Zofloya; or, the Moor as epistemological limit197
11"The vampyre" : romantic metaphysics and the aristocratic other212
12"Screaming while school was in session" : the construction of monstrosity in Stephen King's schoolhouse gothic236
Pt. IVWhen the self is the other : humanizing the other, demonizing the oppressor
13The cage of obscene birds : the myth of the southern garden in Frederick Douglass's My bondage and my freedom251
14Gothic in the Himalayas : Powell and Pressburger's Black narcissus264
Pt. VWhen the other is the self : deconstructing the categories
15Defanging Dracula : the disappearing other in Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula289

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