Conclusion
in Victorian demons
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This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book explains a range of different knowledges including accounts of masculinity, an understanding of the fin de siecle, the relationship between literature and science, and scholarship on the Gothic. It discusses literary texts and scientific knowledge in culturally contextualised ways. The book also discusses the range of issues and case histories to develop the understanding of the constructions of masculinity during the period. Such constructions, although staged in different literary, quasi-scientific, or strictly medical contexts, are united by a shared concern that the middle-class male had become susceptible to moral decline and physical disease. Robert Louis Stevenson's oxymoron is represented in different ways in all the narratives discussed in the book and its presence provides an insight into the ambivalence with which class power and gender authority was expressed.

Victorian demons

Medicine, masculinity and the Gothic at the fin de siecle

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