Demons of the Body and Mind: Essays on Disability in Gothic Literature
Ruth Bienstock Anolik
McFarland, Jul 12, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 244 pages
The Gothic mode, typically preoccupied by questions of difference and otherness, consistently imagines the Other as a source of grotesque horror. The sixteen critical essays in this collection examine the ways in which those suffering from mental and physical ailments are refigured as Other, and how they are imagined to be monstrous. Together, the essays highlight the Gothic inclination to represent all ailments as visibly monstrous, even those, such as mental illness, which were invisible. Paradoxically, the Other also becomes a pitiful figure, often evoking empathy. This exploration of illness and disability represents a strong addition to Gothic studies.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
argues asylum reform Audley baby binary body Bug’s Casaubon century character child Collins’s creature cultural dangerous Daphne du Maurier deformed demon deviance Devil Bug diagnosed difference discourse disease Dorothea du Maurier’s Duganne Duganne’s dwarf Enlightenment essay fear female fetal fetus fiction figure film Fosco Frank Frankenstein gender Gertrude Gertrude’s ghost Gothic literature Gothic novel Gothic trope grotesque Gynecological Gothic Hardy’s Henry James’s Honoria horrifying horror human husband identity inhuman insanity invisible Invisible Disabilities Kiowa Lady Audley’s Lippard literary literature London Lucas Malet madness madwoman male Malet’s Mary Mary Shelley masturbation Maurier’s mental Middlemarch modern monster monstrous moral mother Mountford narrative narrator Native American nineteenth nineteenth-century non-normative normative novel ofthe physical Poe’s rational reader Red Death representation represents Rhoda Sensation Sensation novel sexual Shelley Shelley’s smallpox social society story suggests supernatural Teratogenesis tion trope University Press Victor’s Victorian Wasp Factory woman Woolf York