The Return of the Repressed: Gothic Horror from Castle of Otranto to Alien

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Overview

Examines the psychological, cultural, and political implications of Gothic fiction, and helps to explain why horror writers and filmmakers have found such large and receptive audiences eager for the experience of being scared out of their wits.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780791443286
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: Series in Psychoanalysis and Culture
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: What Gothic Nightmares Do

1. Precedents for "Gothic" Fear: Medieval Life, Jacobean Drama, and Eighteenth-Century Attitudes

2. Sexual Violence and Woman's Place: The Castle of Otranto

3. Sentiment versus Horror: Generic Ambivalence in Female Gothic and Ann Radcliffe's A Siciliann Romance

4. Public Censorship and Personal Repression: The Monk

5. The Industrial Demon: Frankenstein

6. The Descent of Man and the Anxiety of Upward Mobility: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

7. The Reptilian Brain at the Fin de Siecle: Dracula

8. American Gothic: Historical and Psychological Critique in Stephen King's The Shining

Epilogue: Alien and the Future of Gothic

Notes

Works Cited

Index

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