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Victorian Demons : Medicine, Masculinity, and the Gothic at the Fin-De-SieCle - Andrew W. M. Smith

Victorian Demons

Medicine, Masculinity, and the Gothic at the Fin-De-SieCle

Paperback Published: 11th March 2004
ISBN: 9780719063572
Number Of Pages: 200

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"Victorian Demons" provides the first extensive exploration of largely middle-class masculinities in crisis at the "fin de siecle." It analyzes how ostensibly controlling models of masculinity became demonized in a variety of literary and medical contexts, revealing the period to be much more ideologically complex than has hitherto been understood. Andrew Smith demonstrates how a Gothic language of monstrosity, drawn from narratives such as "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" and "Dracula," increasingly influenced a range of medical and cultural contexts, destabilizing these apparently dominant masculine scripts. He provides a concise analysis of a range of examples relating to masculinity drawn from literary, medical, legal and sociological contexts, including Joseph Merrick (The Elephant Man), the Whitechapel murders of 1888, Sherlock Holmes's London, the writings and trials of Oscar Wilde, theories of degeneration and medical textbooks on syphilis.

Degeneration, masculinity, nationhood and the Gothic
Pathologising the Gothic: The Elephant Man, the hysteric, the Indian and the doctor
The Whitechapel murders: Journalism, Gothic London, and the medical gaze
Reading syphilis: The politics of disease
Displacing masculinity: Sherlock Holmes, Count Dracula, and London
Performing masculinity: Wilde's art
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ISBN: 9780719063572
ISBN-10: 0719063574
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 11th March 2004
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.26