The Gothic Body: Sexuality, Materialism, and Degeneration at the Fin de Siècle by Kelly HurleyThe Gothic Body: Sexuality, Materialism, and Degeneration at the Fin de Siècle by Kelly Hurley

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

byKelly HurleyEditorGillian Beer

Paperback | July 29, 2004

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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.
Title:The Gothic Body: Sexuality, Materialism, and Degeneration at the Fin de SiècleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:July 29, 2004Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521607116

ISBN - 13:9780521607117

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. The Gothic Material World: 1. The revenge of matter; 2. Symptomatic readings; Part II. Gothic Bodies: 3. Evolutionism and the loss of human specificity; 4. Entropic bodies; 5. Chaotic bodies; Part III. Gothic Sexualities: 6. Uncanny female interiors; 7. Abjected masculinities; Afterword; 8. Narrative chaos.