The Gothic and death is the first ever published study to investigate how the diverse strands of the Gothic and the concepts of death, dying, mourning, and memorialization - what the Editor broadly refers to as "the Death Question" - have intersected and been configured cross-culturally from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day.
An interdisciplinary collection of fifteen essays by international scholars, The Gothic and death draws on recent scholarship in Gothic Studies, film theory, Women's and Gender Studies and Thanatology Studies to consider the Gothic's engagement, by way of its unique necropolitics and necropoetics, with death's challenges to all systems of meaning and its relationship to the culturally contingent concepts of memento mori, subjectivity, spectrality and corporeal transcendence.
Attentive to our defamiliarization with death since the advent of enlightened modernity and the death-related anxieties engendered by that transition, The Gothic and death combines detailed attention to socio-historical and cultural contexts with rigorous close readings of artistic, literary, televisual and cinematic works. This surprisingly underexplored area of enquiry is considered by way of such popular and uncanny figures as corpses, ghosts, zombies and vampires, and across various cultural and literary forms as Graveyard Poetry, Romantic poetry, Victorian literature, nineteenth-century Italian and Russian literature, Anglo-American film and television, contemporary Young Adult fiction, Bollywood film noir, and new media technologies that complicate our ideas of mourning, haunting and the "afterlife" of the self.
The collection will be of interest to all students and scholars in the fields of Gothic literature and Gothic studies.
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Carol Margaret Davison is Professor and Head of Department of the English Language, Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor -- .
Introduction - The corpse in the closet: the Gothic, death, and modernity - Carol Margaret Davison
Part I: Gothic graveyards and afterlives
1. Past, present, and future death in the graveyard - Serena Trowbridge
2. On the very Verge of legitimate Invention': Charles Bonnet and Blake's illustrations to The Grave (1808)' - Sibylle Erle
3. Entranced by death: Horace Smith's Mesmerism - Bruce Wyse
Part II: Gothic revolutions and undead histories
4. 'This dreadful machine': the spectacle of death and the aesthetics of crowd control - Emma Galbally and Conrad Brunstroem
5. Undying histories: Washington Irving's Gothic afterlives - Yael Maurer
6. Deadly interrogations: cycles of death and transcendence in Byron's Gothic - Adam White
Part III: Gothic apocalypses: dead selves/dead civilizations
7. The annihilation of self and species: The ecoGothic sensibilities of Mary Shelley and Nathaniel Hawthorne - Jennifer Schell
8. Death cults in Gothic 'Lost World' fiction - John Cameron Hartley
9. Dead again: zombies and the spectre of cultural decline - Matthew Pangborn
Part IV: Global Gothic dead
10. A double dose of death in Iginio Ugo Tarchetti's 'I fatali' - Christina Petraglia
11. Through the opaque veil: the Gothic and death in Russian realism - Katherine Bowers
12. Afterdeath and the Bollywood Gothic noir - Vijay Mishra
Part V: Twenty-first century gothic and death
13. Dead and ghostly children in contemporary literature for young people - Michelle J. Smith
14. Modernity's fatal addictions: technological necromancy and E. Elias Merhige's Shadow of the Vampire - Carol Margaret Davison
15. 'I'm not in that thing you know ... I'm remote. I'm in the cloud': networked spectrality in Charlie Brooker's 'Be Right Back' - Neal Kirk
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'The Gothic and death is an interesting and varied collection that explores many compelling cultural themes through a range of seemingly disparate texts. In doing so, the work achieves a rare unity for an edited collection - attempting perhaps the widest scope it could have, most students or scholars of the Gothic will find something of interest here. The topics of individual essays may not lend themselves immediately to the scholarship of others, but the ideas that run through the collection as a whole will likely speak far more broadly. The highest recommendation for The Gothic and death is that it lends itself to reading as a unified whole, and not merely as a collection of individual essays.' -- .
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