Gothic Topographies: Language, Nation Building and Race

Gothic Topographies: Language, Nation Building and Race


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Gothic Topographies: Language, Nation Building and Race by Matti Savolainen

In demonstrating the global reach of Gothic literatures, this collection takes up the influence of the Gothic mode in literatures that may be geographically remote from one another but still share related issues of minor languages, nation building, place and race. Suggesting that there is a parallel between certain motifs and themes found in the Gothic of the North (Scandinavia, Northern Europe and Canada) and South (Australia, South Africa and the US South), the essays explore the transgressions and confusion of borders and limits, whether they be linguistic, literary, generic, class-based, gendered or sexual. The volume includes essays on a wide diversity of authors and topics: Jan Potocki, Gustav Meyrink, William Godwin, Alan Hollinghurst, Marlene van Niekerk, John Richardson, antislavery discourse and the Gothic imagination, the Australian aboriginal Gothic, vampires of Post-Soviet Gothic society, Danish, Swedish and Finnish fiction and film, and the Canadian female Gothic and the death drive. What distinguishes this book from other collections on the Gothic is the coverage of themes and literatures that are either lacking in the mainstream research on the Gothic or are referred to only briefly in other book-length studies. Experts in the Gothic and those new to the field will appreciate the book's commitment to situating Gothic sensibilities in an international context.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409451662
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/28/2013
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

P.M. Mehtonen, Academy Research Fellow (Academy of Finland) School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies, University of Tampere, Finland, and Matti Savolainen, Senior Lecturer, School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies, University of Tampere, Finland.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Part I European Gothicisms In, Between and Through Languages: Jan Potocki in the intertextual tradition of the roman anglais (the Gothic novel), Hendrik van Gorp; The Gothic avant-garde: a confusion of tongues in Gustav Meyrink and Hugo Ball, P.M. Mehtonen; Things as they’re told: the power of narrative in William Godwin’s Caleb Williams, Bridget M. Marshall; A stranger in a silent city: Gothic motifs embracing queer textuality in Alan Hollinghurst’s The Folding Star, Pia Livia Hekanaho. Part II ’Race’, Society and Power in a Global Perspective: ’To thrill the land with horror’: antislavery discourse and the Gothic imagination, Teresa A, Goddu; Spectres of apartheid: Marlene van Niekerk’s Triomf, Jack W. Shear; Out of the shadows: aboriginal Gothic, ’race’, identity and voice in Tracey Moffat’s beDevil, Maureen Clark; The international vampire boom and post-Soviet Gothic aesthetics, Dina Khapaeva. Part III The Challenge of the North: Vast Landscapes and Inward Horrors: The devious landscape in contemporary Scandinavian horror, Yvonne Leffler; The aesthetics of surface: the Danish Gothic 1820-2000, Kirstine Kastbjerg; From Italy to the Finnish woods: the rise of Gothic fiction in Finland, Kati Launis; Gothic liminality in A.J. Annila’s film Sauna, Pasi Nyyssönen; ’Murderous pleasures’: the (female) Gothic and the death drive in selected short stories by Margaret Atwood, Isabel Huggan and Alice Munro, Tomasz Sikora; The ’New World’ Gothic monster: spatio-temporal ambiguities, male bonding and Canadianness in John Richardson’s Wacousta, Matti Savolainen and Christos Angelis; Index.

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