Posthuman Gothic Book

Posthuman Gothic

  • Author : Anya Heise-von der Lippe
  • Publisher : University of Wales Press
  • Release Date : 2017-11-01
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781786831071

Posthuman Gothic Excerpt :

Posthuman Gothic is an edited collection of thirteen chapters, and offers a structured, dialogical contribution to the discussion of the posthuman Gothic. Contributors explore the various ways in which posthuman thought intersects with Gothic textuality and mediality. The texts and media under discussion – from I am Legend to In the Flesh, and from Star Trek to The Truman Show, transgress the boundaries of genre, moving beyond the traditional scope of the Gothic. These texts, the contributors argue, destabilise ideas of the human in a number of ways. By confronting humanity and its Others, they introduce new perspectives on what we traditionally perceive as human. Drawing on key texts of both Gothic and posthumanist theory, the contributors explore such varied themes as posthuman vampire and zombie narratives, genetically modified posthumans, the posthuman in video games, film and TV, the posthuman as a return to nature, the posthuman’s relation to classic monster narratives, and posthuman biohorror and theories of prometheanism and accelerationism. In its entirety, the volume offers a first attempt at addressing the various intersections of the posthuman and the Gothic in contemporary literature and media.

Gothic Afterlives Book

Gothic Afterlives

  • Author : Lorna Piatti-Farnell
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2019-09-13
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 246
  • ISBN 10 : 9781498578233

Gothic Afterlives Excerpt :

Gothic Afterlives examines the intersections between contemporary Gothic horror and remakes scholarship from various disciplinary perspectives. The essays in the collection cover a wide range of transmedia examples, including literature, film, television, video games, and digital media reimaginings.

Twenty First Century Gothic Book

Twenty First Century Gothic

  • Author : Maisha Wester
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-05-22
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781474440943

Twenty First Century Gothic Excerpt :

"This resource in contemporary Gothic literature, film, and television takes a thematic approach, providing insights into the many forms the Gothic has taken in the twenty-first century"--

Posthumanism Book


  • Author : Pramod K. Nayar
  • Publisher : Polity
  • Release Date : 2013-11-04
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 183
  • ISBN 10 : 9780745662411

Posthumanism Excerpt :

This timely book examines the rise of posthumanism as both a material condition and a developing philosophical-ethical project in the age of cloning, gene engineering, organ transplants and implants. Nayar first maps the political and philosophical critiques of traditional humanism, revealing its exclusionary and ‘speciesist’ politics that position the human as a distinctive and dominant life form. He then contextualizes the posthumanist vision which, drawing upon biomedical, engineering and techno-scientific studies, concludes that human consciousness is shaped by its co-evolution with other life forms, and our human form inescapably influenced by tools and technology. Finally the book explores posthumanism’s roots in disability studies, animal studies and bioethics to underscore the constructed nature of ‘normalcy’ in bodies, and the singularity of species and life itself. As this book powerfully demonstrates, posthumanism marks a radical reassessment of the human as constituted by symbiosis, assimilation, difference and dependence upon and with other species. Mapping the terrain of these far-reaching debates, Posthumanism will be an invaluable companion to students of cultural studies and modern and contemporary literature.

The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic Book

The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic

  • Author : Clive Bloom
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2020-07-10
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 1253
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030331368

The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic Excerpt :

“Simply put, there is absolutely nothing on the market with the range of ambition of this strikingly eclectic collection of essays. Not only is it impossible to imagine a more comprehensive view of the subject, most readers – even specialists in the subject – will find that there are elements of the Gothic genre here of which they were previously unaware.” - Barry Forshaw, Author of British Gothic Cinema and Sex and Film The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic is the most comprehensive compendium of analytic essays on the modern Gothic now available, covering the vast and highly significant period from 1918 to 2019. The Gothic sensibility, over 200 years old, embraces its dark past whilst anticipating the future. From demons and monsters to post- apocalyptic fears and ecological fantasies, Gothic is thriving as never before in the arts and in popular culture. This volume is made up of 62 comprehensive chapters with notes and extended bibliographies contributed by scholars from around the world. The chapters are written not only for those engaged in academic research but also to be accessible to students and dedicated followers of the genre. Each chapter is packed with analysis of the Gothic in both theory and practice, as the genre has mutated and spread over the last hundred years. Starting in 1918 with the impact of film on the genre's development, and moving through its many and varied international incarnations, each chapter chronicles the history of the gothic milieu from the movies to gaming platforms and internet memes, television and theatre. The volume also looks at how Gothic intersects with fashion, music and popular culture: a multi-layered, multi-ethnic, even a trans-gendered experience as we move into the twenty first century.

Neo Gothic Narratives Book

Neo Gothic Narratives

  • Author : Sarah E. Maier
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2020-03-31
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 9781785272189

Neo Gothic Narratives Excerpt :

'Neo-Gothic Narratives' defines and theorises what mobilises the employment of the Gothic to speak to our own times.

Graphic Narratives about South Asia and South Asian America Book

Graphic Narratives about South Asia and South Asian America

  • Author : Kavita Daiya
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-06-29
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000730012

Graphic Narratives about South Asia and South Asian America Excerpt :

This book explores the field of Comics Studies in South Asia, illuminating an art form in which there has been a much-documented explosion of recent interest. A diverse group of scholars from Asia, Europe, and North America examine aesthetics, politics, and ideology in sequential art about South Asia and South Asian America. The book features contributions which address gender violence; authoritarian politics; caste discrimination; environmentalism; racism; and urban street art, amongst others. The unique interdisciplinary span of the volume considers mass popular comic books as well as the graphic novel. This edited volume would be of interest to those studying the influence of graphic novels, graphic narratives, and comic books in South Asia, as well as researchers interested in what these forms might have to say about important issues in society. This book was originally published as a special issue of the South Asian Review journal.

A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English Book

A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English

  • Author : Sherri L. Brown
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2018-03-15
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442277489

A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English Excerpt :

The Gothic began as a designation for barbarian tribes, was associated with the cathedrals of the High Middle Ages, was used to describe a marginalized literature in the late eighteenth century, and continues today in a variety of forms (literature, film, graphic novel, video games, and other narrative and artistic forms). Unlike other recent books in the field that focus on certain aspects of the Gothic, this work directs researchers to seminal and significant resources on all of its aspects. Annotations will help researchers determine what materials best suit their needs. A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English covers Gothic cultural artifacts such as literature, film, graphic novels, and videogames. This authoritative guide equips researchers with valuable recent information about noteworthy resources that they can use to study the Gothic effectively and thoroughly.

Young Adult Gothic Fiction Book

Young Adult Gothic Fiction

  • Author : Michelle J. Smith
  • Publisher : University of Wales Press
  • Release Date : 2021-06-15
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781786837516

Young Adult Gothic Fiction Excerpt :

This collection is the first to focus exclusively on twenty-first-century young adult Gothic fiction. The essays demonstrate how the contemporary resurgence of the Gothic signals anxieties about (and hopes for) young people in the twenty-first century. Changing conceptions of young adults as liminal figures, operating between the modes of child and adult, can be mobilised when combined with Gothic spaces and concepts in texts for young people. In young adult Gothic literature, the crossing of boundaries typical of the Gothic is often motivated by a heterosexual romance plot, in which the human or monstrous female protagonist desires a boy who is not her ‘type’. Additionally, as the Gothic works to define what it means to be human – particularly in relation to gender, race, and identity – the volume also examines how contemporary shifts and flashpoints in identity politics are being negotiated under the metaphoric cloak of monstrosity.

The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture Book

The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture

  • Author : Anna McFarlane
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-11-28
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 454
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351139861

The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture Excerpt :

In this companion, an international range of contributors examine the cultural formation of cyberpunk from micro-level analyses of example texts to macro-level debates of movements, providing readers with snapshots of cyberpunk culture and also cyberpunk as culture. With technology seamlessly integrated into our lives and our selves, and social systems veering towards globalization and corporatization, cyberpunk has become a ubiquitous cultural formation that dominates our twenty-first century techno-digital landscapes. The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture traces cyberpunk through its historical developments as a literary science fiction form to its spread into other media such as comics, film, television, and video games. Moreover, seeing cyberpunk as a general cultural practice, the Companion provides insights into photography, music, fashion, and activism. Cyberpunk, as the chapters presented here argue, is integrated with other critical theoretical tenets of our times, such as posthumanism, the Anthropocene, animality, and empire. And lastly, cyberpunk is a vehicle that lends itself to the rise of new futurisms, occupying a variety of positions in our regionally diverse reality and thus linking, as much as differentiating, our perspectives on a globalized technoscientific world. With original entries that engage cyberpunk’s diverse ‘angles’ and its proliferation in our life worlds, this critical reference will be of significant interest to humanities students and scholars of media, cultural studies, literature, and beyond.

Gothic and Theory Book

Gothic and Theory

  • Author : Jerrold E. Hogle
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-03-14
  • Genre: Gothic fiction (Literary genre)
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN 10 : 9781474427791

Gothic and Theory Excerpt :

This collection provides a thorough representation of the early and ongoing conversation between Gothic and theory - philosophical, aesthetic, psychological and cultural.

A Companion to American Gothic Book

A Companion to American Gothic

  • Author : Charles L. Crow
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2013-09-10
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 616
  • ISBN 10 : 9781118608425

A Companion to American Gothic Excerpt :

A Companion to American Gothic features a collection of original essays that explore America’s gothic literary tradition. The largest collection of essays in the field of American Gothic Contributions from a wide variety of scholars from around the world The most complete coverage of theory, major authors, popular culture and non-print media available

Monstrous Textualities Book

Monstrous Textualities

  • Author : Anya Heise-von der Lippe
  • Publisher : University of Wales Press
  • Release Date : 2021-06-15
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781786837592

Monstrous Textualities Excerpt :

Monstrous textuality emerges when Gothic narratives like Frankenstein reflect the monstrous in their narrative structure to create narratives of resistance. It allows writers to meta-narratively reflect their own poetics and textual production, and reclaim authority over their work under circumstances of systemic cultural oppression and Othering. This book traces the representation of other Others through Black feminist hauntology in Toni Morrison’s Beloved (1987) and Love (2003); it explores fat freak embodiment as a feminist resistance strategy in Angela Carter’s Nights at the Circus (1984) and Margaret Atwood’s Lady Oracle (1976); and it reads Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy (2003–13) and Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl (1995) within a framework of critical posthumanist and cyborg theory. The result is a comprehensive argument about how these texts can be read within a framework of critical posthumanist questioning of knowledge production, and of epistemological exploration, beyond the exclusionary humanist paradigm.

The New Urban Gothic Book

The New Urban Gothic

  • Author : Holly-Gale Millette
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2020-10-17
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 253
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030437770

The New Urban Gothic Excerpt :

This collection explores global dystopic, grotesque and retold narratives of degeneration, ecological and economic ruin, dystopia, and inequality in contemporary fictions set in the urban space. Divided into three sections—Identities and Histories, Ruin and Residue, and Global Gothic—The New Urban Gothic explores our anxieties and preoccupation with social inequalities, precarity and the peripheral that are found in so many new fictions across various media. Focusing on non-canonical Gothic global cities, this distinctive collection discusses urban centres in England’s Black Country, Moscow, Detroit, Seoul, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Dehli, Srinigar, Shanghai and Barcelona as well as cities of the imaginary, the digital and the animated. This book will appeal to anyone interested in the intersections of time, place, space and media in contemporary Gothic Studies. The New Urban Gothic casts reflections and shadows on the age of the Anthropocene.

New Directions in 21st Century Gothic Book

New Directions in 21st Century Gothic

  • Author : Lorna Piatti-Farnell
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-04-24
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 238
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317609018

New Directions in 21st Century Gothic Excerpt :

This book brings together a carefully selected range of contemporary disciplinary approaches to new areas of Gothic inquiry. Moving beyond the representational and historically based aspects of literature and film that have dominated Gothic studies, this volume both acknowledges the contemporary diversification of Gothic scholarship and maps its changing and mutating incarnations. Drawing strength from their fascinating diversity, and points of correlation, the varied perspectives and subject areas cohere around a number of core themes — of re-evaluation, discovery, and convergence — to reveal emerging trends and new directions in Gothic scholarship. Visiting fascinating areas including the Gothic and digital realities, uncanny food experiences, representations of death and the public media, Gothic creatures and their popular legacies, new approaches to contemporary Gothic literature, and re-evaluations of the Gothic mode through regional narratives, essays reveal many patterns and intersecting approaches, forcefully testifying to the multifaceted, although lucidly coherent, nature of Gothic studies in the 21st Century. The multiple disciplines represented — from digital inquiry to food studies, from fine art to dramaturgy — engage with the Gothic in order to offer new definitions and methodological approaches to Gothic scholarship. The interdisciplinary, transnational focus of this volume provides exciting new insights into, and expanded and revitalised definitions of, the Gothic and its related fields.