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The Gothic Body: Sexuality, Materialism, and Degeneration at the Fin de Siècle

The Gothic Body: Sexuality, Materialism, and Degeneration at the Fin de Siècle

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This book accounts for the resurgence of Gothic, and its immense popularity, during the British fin de siècle. In particular, 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. Gothic is revealed as a highly productive and speculative genre, strongly indebted to nineteenth-century scientific, medical and social theories, including evolutionism, criminal anthropology and degeneration theory.

Author: Kelly Hurley
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 01/13/1997
Pages: 220
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.09lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.63d
ISBN: 9780521552592

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