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Author Hurley, Kelly.

Title The Gothic body : sexuality, materialism, and degeneration at the fin de si├Ęcle / Kelly Hurley
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996


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Description xii, 203 pages ; 24 cm
Series Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture ; 8
Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture ; 8
Contents Introduction: The Abhuman -- Pt. I. The Gothic Material World. 1. The revenge of matter. 2. Symptomatic readings -- Pt. II. Gothic Bodies. 3. Evolutionism and the loss of human specificity. 4. Entropic bodies. 4.1. Degenerate sub-species. 4.2. Abjecting whiteness: H. G. Wells' The Time Machine. 5. Chaotic bodies. 5.1. The body as palimpsest. 5.2. "Generalized animalism": Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau -- Pt. III. Gothic Sexualities. 6. Uncanny female interiors. 6.1. "The inner chambers of all nameless sin": Richard Marsh's The Beetle. 7. Abjected masculinities. 8. Narrative chaos. 8.1. The Three Imposters: Arthur Machen's urban chaosmos
Summary 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 bodices 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-199) and index
Notes English
Subject Human body in literature.
Degeneration in literature.
English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Gothic revival (Literature) -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Literature and science -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Horror tales, English -- History and criticism.
Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Materialism in literature.
Sex in literature.
LC no. 96007337
ISBN 0521552591 (hardback)