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Gothic Pathologies : The Text, the Body and the Law - D. Punter

Gothic Pathologies

The Text, the Body and the Law

By: D. Punter

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Published: 16th August 1998
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This is a wide-ranging book about aspects of the Gothic, from classic texts such as Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights to contemporary fiction by Iain Banks, William Gibson and many others. It approaches the texts through looking at the opposition between the Gothic and the law, suggesting ways in which Gothic at all points produces transgression. It looks at horror fiction by, for example, Stephen King and Robert Bloch, as well as stories from China and Hong Kong, and suggests new ways in which contemporary literary and psychological theory might relate to and address the Gothic.

'This book maintains David Punter's well-earned stature as a major teacher of us all about the most basic drives in Gothic writing, ones that he reveals with new intensity and power in this provocative and complex study.' - Gothic Studies

'A rich work of critical bricolage...Punter's intensely political engagement.' - Steven Bruhm, Romanticism On the Net

Preface
Acknowledgments
Gothic Origins: The Haunting of the Text
The Gothic and the Law: Limits of the Permissible
Laws which Bind the Body: The Case of the Monster
Re-enactments of the Primal Scene: The Example of Zastrozzi
Regimes of Terror: From Robespierre to Conrad
Identification and Gender: The Law of Ligeia
A Descent into the Body: Wuthering Heights
Psycho pathology: Contamination and the House of Gothic
Laws of Recollection and Reconstruction: Stephen King
The Body Sublime: Liu Suola's King of Singers
Gothic After/Words: Abuse and the Body beyond the Law
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780333658024
ISBN-10: 0333658027
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 251
Published: 16th August 1998
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1