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Degeneration, Normativity and the Gothic at the Fin de Siècle


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About this book


This exciting new study looks at degeneration and deviance in nineteenth-century science and late-Victorian Gothic fiction. The questions it raises are as relevant today as they were at the nineteenth century's fin de siecle: What constitutes the norm from which a deviation has occurred? What exactly does it mean to be 'normal' or 'abnormal'?


Gothic nineteenth-century science nineteenth-century fiction Victorian fiction degeneration normativity fiction Robert Louis Stevenson Victorian era British and Irish Literature

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of PassauGermany

About the authors

Stephan Karschay is Lecturer in English Literature and British Cultural Studies at the University of Passau, Germany. His main research interests are the relationship between literature and science in the nineteenth century, the Gothic in literature and film, and the cultural representation of scandal.

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“Stephan Karschay examines the prominent questions posed by degeneration theory–what causes human deviance and how can it be detected–by tracing the complex development of degeneration theory … . Degeneration, Normativity and the Gothic at the Fin de Siècle offers readers a productive place to begin interdisciplinary endeavors in Gothic literature, science, and the genealogy of degeneration theory.” (Sharla Hutchison, English Literature in Transition, Vol. 59 (3), January, 2016)