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Frankenstein meets H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘Herbert West – Reanimator’
Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

all objects exist equally in the fact of their existing. This is what Bryant refers to as a ‘flat ontology’ (31–32) or ‘democracy of objects’ (19). Third, that objects, even inanimate ones, possess what Bennett refers to as ‘thing-power’, ‘the curious ability of inanimate things to animate, to act, to produce effects dramatic and subtle’ (6). Fourth, that human beings and objects together form assemblages (Bennett), meshes (Morton), or networks (Latour), and thus human life is inextricably interconnected with the ‘lives’ of things – what Stacy Alaimo refers to as

in Adapting Frankenstein
An afterword
Richard J. Hand

Hodges’ ‘Not even the immigration Frankenstein can save the Brexit mob now … but that won’t stop them setting him loose’ ( Daily Mail , 24 May 2016). At the same time, the Brexit campaign decided to draw on the same allusion, creating the somewhat awkwardly named ‘FrankenEUstein’ to represent what they perceived as the ‘monster’ that united Europe has become in a political experiment gone wrong ( Social Democracy for the 21st Century , 24 June 2016). World commentary on the UK referendum included Canada’s oldest newspaper, Chronicle Herald , presenting a caricature

in Adapting Frankenstein
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The earliest image of an ambulatory mummy
Jasmine Day

Allamistakeo to criticise American democracy, rather than to directly endorse any specific alternative politic. 45 In a series of short stories authored by American women during the 1860s, men who committed figurative rapes by stripping and destroying female mummies were punished by terrifying magical curses; see Day, The Mummy's Curse , pp. 46–7; Day, ‘The Rape of the Mummy’. One of these stories, ‘The Mummy's Soul’ (Anonymous, 1862

in Victorian literary culture and ancient Egypt
An ecoGothic reading of John Ruskin’s garden at Brantwood
Caroline Ikin

Nature of Gothic’, in which he assigned meaning beyond the standard literary tradition characterised by tropes such as fear, horror, decay and the uncanny. Although ostensibly dealing with architecture, Ruskin's definition encompassed the nature of democracy and the temperament of the northern workers who created the great edifices of Gothic buildings. Importantly, Ruskin reversed the negativity and villainy associated with the pointed arch in Gothic literature by ennobling the form and praising the imagination of its creators. As Richard Adelman has noted, Ruskin

in EcoGothic gardens in the long nineteenth century
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‘The world of things’: an introduction to mid- century gothic
Lisa Mullen

-pressure advertising and salesmanship, plus mass communications, plus cultural democracy and the creation of the mass mind, the mass man. 17 For Priestley, this massification was a disaster for the individual: ‘You think everything is opening out when in fact it is narrowing and closing in on you,’ he wrote. ‘You have to be half-witted or half-drunk all the time to endure it.’ 18 The detrimental effect of mass consumption on individuality and personal agency coincided with the increasing sophistication of the new

in Mid-century gothic
Adaptive symbiosis and Peake’s Presumption, or the fate of Frankenstein
Glenn Jellenik

, and he will become wicked. Requite affection with scorn; – let one being be selected, for whatever cause, as the refuse of his kind – divide him, a social being, from society, and you impose upon him the irresistible obligations – malevolence and selfishness. It is thus that, too often in society, those who are best qualified to be its benefactors and its ornaments, are branded by some accident with scorn’ (418). The ‘accident’ is birth into the lower class, as here Shelley’s review interprets the novel as pushing on emerging issues of democracy in Britain. From its

in Adapting Frankenstein
Sofia Wijkmark

: Sofia was involved in the SSU in Sundbyberg. One night… she was at a meeting on… choosing the way forward for social democracy. She was quite upbeat when she came home; both the lecture and the discussion afterward had been exciting. In short, these were on the watered-down employee funds as opposed to Meidner's original vision, on the possibilities of collective ownership, on joint accountability leading to greater togetherness and eventually happiness. A wonderful chance that was on its way to being wasted. “But

in Nordic Gothic
‘Machines of social death’ and state-sanctioned harvest in dystopian fiction
Sara Wasson

. 7 Giorgio Agamben, in turn, identifies how some people are reduced to ‘bare life’ ( zoe ), stripped of social meaning and protections ( bios ). 8 Through ‘states of exception’ (far from rare), some are split off into occupying a death-in-life, and both neoliberal democracies and totalitarian states abound in such mechanisms of annihilation. Agamben’s framework can be critiqued for grouping heterogeneous plights within the category of homo sacer ; for erasing the particularities of marginalised experience can itself be a form of critical violence; critics have

in Transplantation Gothic
W. J. McCormack

More than a decade later, in 1936, he sharpened the attitude towards Parnell and parliamentary politics in the first of his Essays 1931 to 1936. Insincerity is now diagnosed as having discredited democracy in 1891, and the next sentence announces as a logical sequitur -’ All over the world men are turning to Dictators, Communist or Fascist’. 4 Between these two placid

in Dissolute characters
Liberalism and liberalisation in the niche of nature, culture, and technology
Regenia Gagnier

’s own country as part of one harmonious world partook of global hopes for internationalism. His friend Gandhi sought to unite India in complete political freedom, Furna Swaraj, through non-violence (non-cooperation), and Swadeshi (as in cotton manufacture). Nehru furthered modern economic India, combining practical science and technology with Gandhian vision. Seeing historical unity in the diversity of India’s history, Nehru developed Parliamentary democracy and discarded East/West polarities altogether (Kochler

in Interventions