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Technologies of the Gothic in Literature and Culture: Technogothics

(2015) Technologies of the Gothic in Literature and Culture: Technogothics. Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature. London: Routledge.;

This volume, a collection with contributions from some of the major scholars of the Gothic in literature and culture, rejects on how recent Gothic studies have foregrounded a plethora of technologies associated with Gothic literary and cultural production. The engaging essays look into the links between technologies and the proliferation of the Gothic seen in an excess of Gothic texts and tropes: Frankensteinesque experiments, the manufacture of synthetic (true?) blood, Moreauesque hybrids, the power of the Borg, Dr Jekyll’s chemical experimentations, the machinery of Steampunk or the corporeal modi cations of Edward Scissorhands. Further, they explore how techno-science has contributed to the proliferation of the Gothic: Gothic in social media, digital technologies, the on-line gaming and virtual Goth/ ic communities, the special effects of Gothic-horror cinema. Contributors address how Gothic technologies have, in a general sense, produced and perpetuated ideologies and influenced the politics of cultural practice, asking significant questions: How has the technology of the Gothic contributed to the writing of self and other? How have Gothic technologies been gen- dered, sexualized, encrypted, coded or de-coded? How has the Gothic manifested itself in new technologies across diverse geographical locations? This volume explores how Gothic technologies textualise identities and construct communities within a complex network of power relations in local, national, transnational and global contexts. It will be of interest to scholars of the literary Gothic, extending beyond to include fascinating interventions into the areas of cultural studies, popular culture, science fiction, film and TV.

Literary criticism; Gothic;

Author(s)Edwards, Justin
Title of seriesRoutledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature
Publication date01/12/2015
Publication date online11/02/2015
Publisher URL…ok/9781138797192
Place of publicationLondon
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