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Dangerous bodies: Historicising the gothic corporeal

Marie Mulvey-Roberts


The body is a potential marker of monstrosity, identifying those who do not fit into the body politic. Irregularity and the grotesque have been associated with Gothic architecture and are also indicative of wayward flesh and its deformities. Through an investigation of the body and its oppression by the church, the medical profession and the state, this book reveals the actual horrors lying beneath fictional horror in settings as diverse as the monastic community, slave plantation, operating theatre, Jewish ghetto and battlefield trench. Original readings of canonical Gothic literary and film ... More

Keywords: Body, corporeal, Gothic, horror, victim, persecutor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780719085413
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719085413.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marie Mulvey-Roberts, author
University of the West of England