Empire and the Gothic: The Politics of Genre

Empire and the Gothic: The Politics of Genre

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Postcolonial theory and scholarship on the Gothic are not generally thought to have much to do with each other, but here scholars of literature from Britain and anglophone North America read Gothic images of alienation, fragmentation, and otherness through the lens of postcolonial ideas relating to alterity. The juxtaposition raises questions both about the Gothic and about the assumed unproblematical periodization of the colonial and postcolonial. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349430574
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 01/01/2003
Edition description: 1st ed. 2003
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

NEIL CORNWELL Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature, University of Bristol
MARIACONCETTA CONSTANTINI Associate Professor of English, University "G. d'Annunzio" of Percara (Italy)
CAROL MARGARET DAVISON Assistant Professor of English Literature, University of Windsor
MASSIMILIANO DEMATA Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Bari, Italy
DOMINIC HEAD Professor of English, Brunel University
WILLIAM HUGHES Senior Lecturer in English Studies, Bath Spa University
KIM IAN MICHASIW Associate Professor and Chair of English, York University
DAVID PUNTER Professor of English, University of Bristol
VICTOR SAGE Professor of English Literature, School of English and American Studies, University of East Anglia
ANDREW SMITH Senior Lecturer in English, University of Glamorgan
GAYATRI CHAKRAVORTY SPIVAK Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University
HELEN STODDART Lecturer in Film and Literature, Keele University
ANDREW TEVERSON Lecturer, Goldsmiths College, London

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors Introduction; Enlightenment Gothic and Postcolonialism; A.Smith and W.Hughes Discovering Eastern Horrors: Beckford, Maturin and the Discourse of Travel Literature; M.Demata Charlotte Dacre's Postcolonial Moor; K.Micashiw Frankenstein and Devi's Pterodactyl; G.C.Spivak Pushkin and Odoevsky: The 'Afro-Finnish' Theme in Russian Gothic ; N.Cornwell A Singular Invasion: Revisiting the Postcolonialism of Bram Stoker's Dracula ; W.Hughes Beyond Colonialism: Death and the Body in H.Rider Haggard; A.Smith Horror, Circus and Orientalism; H.Stoddart Burning Down the Master's (Prison)-House: Revolution and Revelation in Colonial and Postcolonial Female Fiction; C.Davison Crossing Boundaries: The Revision of Gothic Paradigms in Heat and Dust ; M.Constantini The Ghastly and the Ghostly: The Gothic Farce of Farrell's Empire Trilogy; V.Sage Arundhati Roy and the House of History; D.Punter The Number of Magic Alternatives: Salman Rushdie's 1001 Gothic Nights; A.Teverson Coetzee and the Animals: The Quest for Postcolonial Grace ; D.Head Endnotes Index

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