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Author Mulvey Roberts, Marie, author.

Title Dangerous bodies : historicising the gothic corporeal / Marie Mulvey-Roberts.

Publication Info. Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2016.


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 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  809.38729 M919d 2016    ---  Available
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Description xiii, 258 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
still image sti rdacontent
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volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-247) and index.
Contents Introduction -- 1. Catholicism, the gothic and the bleeding body -- 2. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein and slavery -- 3. Death by orgasm: sexual surgery and Dracula -- 4. Nazis, Jews and Nosferatu -- 5. The vampire of war -- Conclusion: conflict Gothic.
Summary Through an investigation of the body and its oppression by the church, the medical profession and the state, this book reveals the actual horrors lying beneath fictional horror in settings as diverse as the monastic community, slave plantation, operating theatre, Jewish ghetto and battlefield trench. The book provides original readings of canonical Gothic literary and film texts including The Castle of Otranto, The Monk, Frankenstein, Dracula and Nosferatu. This collection of fictionalised dangerous bodies is traced back to the effects of the English Reformation, Spanish Inquisition, French Revolution, Caribbean slavery, Victorian medical malpractice, European anti-Semitism and finally warfare, ranging from the Crimean up to the Vietnam War. The endangered or dangerous body lies at the centre of the clash between victim and persecutor and has generated tales of terror and narratives of horror, which function to either salve, purge or dangerously perpetuate such oppositions. This ground-breaking book will be of interest to academics and students of Gothic studies, gender and film studies and especially to readers interested in the relationship between history and literature -- Publisher.
Subject Human body in literature -- History and criticism.
Gothic fiction (Literary genre) -- Social aspects.
Gothic fiction (Literary genre) -- Psychology.
Analogy in literature -- Social aspects.
Horror tales, English -- History and criticism.
Medicine in Literature. (DNLM)D008513
Human Body. (DNLM)D018594
Body Image -- psychology. (DNLM)D001828Q000523
Body, Physical Appearance. (DNLM)D000067029
Added Title Historicizing the gothic corporeal
ISBN 9780719085413 (hardback)
0719085411 (hardback)

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