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Gothic Dissections in Film and Literature

The Body in Parts

  • Ian Conrich
  • Laura Sedgwick

Part of the Palgrave Gothic book series (PAGO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Ian Conrich, Laura Sedgwick
    Pages 1-14
  3. Ian Conrich, Laura Sedgwick
    Pages 15-31
  4. Ian Conrich, Laura Sedgwick
    Pages 33-47
  5. Ian Conrich, Laura Sedgwick
    Pages 49-64
  6. Ian Conrich, Laura Sedgwick
    Pages 65-80
  7. Ian Conrich, Laura Sedgwick
    Pages 81-95
  8. Ian Conrich, Laura Sedgwick
    Pages 97-110
  9. Ian Conrich, Laura Sedgwick
    Pages 111-129
  10. Ian Conrich, Laura Sedgwick
    Pages 131-150
  11. Ian Conrich, Laura Sedgwick
    Pages 151-164
  12. Ian Conrich, Laura Sedgwick
    Pages 165-179
  13. Ian Conrich, Laura Sedgwick
    Pages 181-196
  14. Ian Conrich, Laura Sedgwick
    Pages 197-210
  15. Ian Conrich, Laura Sedgwick
    Pages 211-225
  16. Ian Conrich, Laura Sedgwick
    Pages 227-241
  17. Ian Conrich, Laura Sedgwick
    Pages 243-260
  18. Ian Conrich, Laura Sedgwick
    Pages 261-262
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 263-296

About this book

Introduction

This is the first book-length study to systematically and theoretically analyse the use and representation of individual body parts in Gothic fiction. Moving between filmic and literary texts and across the body—from the brain, hair and teeth, to hands, skin and the stomach—this book engages in unique readings by foregrounding a diversity of global representations. Building on scholarly work on the ‘Gothic body’ and ‘body horror’, Gothic Dissections in Film and Literature dissects the individual features that comprise the physical human corporeal form in its different functions. This very original and accessible study, which will appeal to a broad range of readers interested in the Gothic, centralises the use (and abuse) of limbs, organs, bones and appendages. It presents a set of unique global examinations; from Brazil, France and South Korea to name a few; that address the materiality of the Gothic body in depth in texts ranging from the nineteenth century to the present; from Nikolai Gogol, Edgar Allan Poe, Roald Dahl and Chuck Palahniuk, to David Cronenberg, Freddy Krueger and The Greasy Strangler

Keywords

Body horror Gothic body body parts on screen eyes on screen genitalia in film representations of the brain representation of individual body parts in Gothic fiction Horror teeth in film representations of hands skin on screen the stomach in film limbs on screen organs on screen bones on screen Freddy Krueger The Greasy Strangler

Authors and affiliations

  • Ian Conrich
    • 1
  • Laura Sedgwick
    • 2
  1. 1.School for Cultural and Social AnthropologyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of English Literature and LinguisticsUniversity of StirlingStirlingUnited Kingdom

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