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The Gothic Condition

The Gothic Condition

David Punter


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This book brings together fourteen of the most ambitious and thought-provoking recent essays by David Punter, who has been writing on the Gothic to academic and general acclaim for over thirty years. Punter addresses developments in Gothic writing and Gothic criticism since the mid-eighteenth century, by isolating and discussing specific themes and scenarios that have remained relevant to literary and philosophical discussion over the decades and centuries, and also by paying close attention to the motifs, figures and recurrences that loom so large in twenty-first-century engagements with the Gothic. This book, while engaging deeply with Gothic history, constantly addresses our continuing immediate encounters with Gothic tropes – the vampire, the zombie, the phantom, the living dead.

Table of Contents

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Cover Cover
Title iii
Copyright iv
Contents v
Acknowledgements vii
Introduction 1
Phantoms of Theory 7
1. Spectrality: The Ghosting of Theory 9
Fables of History 29
2. Francis Lathom in the Eighteenth Century 31
3. Types of Tyranny 51
Sciences of the Strange 69
4. Pseudo-Science and theCreation of Monsters 71
5. Technogenealogies: Family Secrets 87
6. The Abhuman Remains of the Gothic 96
7 ‘A Foot is What Fits the Shoe’:Gothic, Disability and Prosthesis 106
Some Humans, Some Monstrosities 119
8. M. R. James: Terror and History 121
9. Dark and Light Rays:The Penetration of the Body 135
10. Of Monsters and Animals 143
Global, Local, War 159
11. Cyborgs, Borders and Stories for Virgins:Mexico and the Gothic 161
12. Heart Lands:Contemporary Scottish Gothic 179
Last Things 201
13. Grievous Bodily Harm 203
14. Thoughts on Teaching Psychoanalysisand the Gothic 219
Notes 231
Bibliography 253
Index 265
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