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The Gothic Body : Sexuality, Materialism, and Degeneration at the Fin de Siecle - Kelly Hurley

The Gothic Body

Sexuality, Materialism, and Degeneration at the Fin de Siecle


Published: 24th August 2004
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Readers familiar with Dracula and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde may not know that dozens of equally remarkable Gothic texts were written in Great Britain at the end of the nineteenth-century. This book accounts for the resurgence of Gothic, and its immense popularity, during the British fin de siecle. 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. She shows that such representations of Gothic bodies are strongly indebted to those found in nineteenth-century biology and social medicine, evolutionism, criminal anthropology, and degeneration theory. Gothic is revealed as a highly productive and speculative genre, standing in opportunistic relation to nineteenth-century scientific and social theories.

The Gothic Material World
The revenge of matter
Symptomatic readings
Gothic Bodies
Evolutionism and the loss of human specificity
Entropic bodies
Chaotic bodies
Gothic Sexualities
Uncanny female interiors
Abjected masculinities
Narrative chaos
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ISBN: 9780521607117
ISBN-10: 0521607116
Series: Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 24th August 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.34