Globalgothic at the top of the world
Michel Faber’s ‘The Fahrenheit Twins’
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Michel Faber's 'The Fahrenheit Twins' is the title story in a collection of weird tales published in 2006. It provides a new twist to the parodic gothic of Angela Carter in her rewriting of European fairy stories, The Bloody Chamber. 'The Fahrenheit twins' provides much food for thought about the relationship between culture and environment and prompts the reader at the beginning of the twenty-first century to consider the global future. It is an allegory that parodies the well-worn tropes of a Western tradition, gothic, in order to imagine the world in a state of profound change. In the two and a half centuries since the emergence of Western gothic, popular perceptions of time and space have changed, a process that has accelerated in recent decades with the phenomenon of globalisation.

Editor: Glennis Byron


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