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

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

by Kelly Hurley, Hurley Kelly
     
 

This book accounts for the resurgence of Gothic, and its immense popularity, during the British fin de siècle. In particular, 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. Gothic is revealed as a highly

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This book accounts for the resurgence of Gothic, and its immense popularity, during the British fin de siècle. In particular, 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. Gothic is revealed as a highly productive and speculative genre, strongly indebted to nineteenth-century scientific, medical and social theories, including evolutionism, criminal anthropology and degeneration theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521607117
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture Series, #8
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

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