Unburying Japanese figurality
in Globalgothic
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In Japan numerous expressions of high figurality are having the effect of reanimating the present, lending to the globalgothic a complicated, nuanced fear that appears as both horror and reverence. Today, as a dominant source of globalised popular culture, Japan's contributions to the globalgothic force the readers to rethink the definition of the gothic. This chapter allows readers to understand both fear and the gothic in a broader way, one that follows from nothing less than a new way of framing the modern era. In the West the gothic emerges as a form of doubt about the rational scepticism that led to the Enlightenment. Insisting that gothic fear be only horrifying is to remain trapped within a modern expressive regime that is no longer well supported either by contemporary expressive technologies or by a concomitant postwar resurgence of animism.

Editor: Glennis Byron


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