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Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me and the Crooked Game of Post-World War II America
Jamie Brummer

Though presenting itself as pulpy example of hardboiled American fiction, Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me opens up in important and unexpected ways when read as a subversive Gothic novel. Such a reading sheds light on a range of marginalized characters (especially women and rural peoples) who often remain shadowed by more conventional readings. Reading the novel as Gothic also highlights thematic concerns which counter the halcyon image of post-World War II America as a golden age and reveal instead a contemporary landscape fraught with violence, alienation, and mental instability.

Gothic Studies
Vijay Mishra

straightforward appropriation of the Gothic under the sign of Hindu demonic sacralisation or monistic polytheism. It was, instead, yet another compromise, a compromise between the local and the Hollywood global, for the fact remains that the Bollywood Gothic film mode – the Bollywood Gothic noir – is directly indebted to the Hollywood Gothic noir, a cinematic form distinguished by a visual

in The Gothic and death

The gothic and death is the first ever published study to investigate how the multifarious strands of the Gothic and the concepts of death, dying, mourning, and memorialization – what the Editor broadly refers to as "the Death Question" – have intersected and been configured cross-culturally to diverse ends from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day. Drawing on recent scholarship in Gothic Studies, film theory, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Thanatology Studies, to which fields it seeks to make a valuable contribution, this interdisciplinary collection of fifteen essays by international scholars considers the Gothic’s engagement, by way of its unique necropolitics and necropoetics, with death’s challenges to all systems of meaning, and its relationship to the culturally contingent concepts of memento mori, subjectivity, spectrality, and corporeal transcendence. Attentive to our defamiliarization with death since the advent of enlightened modernity and the death-related anxieties engendered by that transition, The gothic and death combines detailed attention to socio-historical and cultural contexts with rigorous close readings of artistic, literary, televisual, and cinematic works. This surprisingly underexplored area of enquiry is considered by way of such popular and uncanny figures as corpses, ghosts, zombies, and vampires, and across various cultural and literary forms as Graveyard Poetry, Romantic poetry, Victorian literature, nineteenth-century Italian and Russian literature, Anglo-American film and television, contemporary Young Adult fiction, Bollywood film noir, and new media technologies that complicate our ideas of mourning, haunting, and the "afterlife" of the self.

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David Annwn Jones

area of Gothic influence (Hand, 2013 : 271). The primacy of Bram Stoker’s vampire novel for F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922) and the subsequent influence of Expressionist films in general on 1930s Hollywood cinema have led to the instatement of Gothic Noir as a cinematic sub-genre. Writers of new Gothic fiction such as Stephen King and Joyce

in Gothic effigy
The Gothic, death, and modernity
Carol Margaret Davison

questions about the fear of death. The section concludes with Vijay Mishra’s fascinating chapter, ‘Afterdeath and the Bollywood Gothic noir’ ( Chapter 12 ), an examination of a sub-genre of the capricious Indian cinematic melodrama that asks how culturally distinct figurations of death and an afterlife influence cinematic engagements with timeless ‘Gothic’ questions. Mishra

in The Gothic and death
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David Annwn Jones

1990s Telco produced a walking Dracula ‘Motionette’ with glaring red eyes. In Neocore’s action role-playing video game The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (2013), Gothic Noir nineteenth-century Europe juxtaposes the adventures of Van Helsing’s son with flailing robots. Thomas Kuntz is one of the most inventive contemporary makers of unique automatons embodying Gothic and horror themes: ‘Babylon Vampire, Blood Drinking

in Gothic effigy
Cultural misappropriation and the construction of the Gothic
Terry Hale

des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut; the anonymous 1797 French translation of Ann Radcliffe’s A Sicilian Romance (1790); and Jean Cohen’s 1821 translation of Charles Maturin’s Melmoth the Wanderer (1820). In the concluding section of this chapter we shall, however, further examine such related issues as the dissemination of translated Gothic, noir and frénétique novels across

in European Gothic
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David Annwn Jones

of portrayals of isolated ruins still elicited potent and multifarious responses from the observer. These, after all, were the deepest spiritual responses of humans’ inner being – a confrontation with the mysteries of mortality. After the Second World War, the ruins of Vienna served to symbolise the destruction of a city and old friendship caused by greed in Carol Reed’s work of Gothic Noir: The

in Gothic effigy
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David Annwn Jones

Hitchcock’s Rebecca (1940) was perhaps the most notable and earliest example of Gothic Noir, Roger Corman’s cycle of Poe adaptations (1959–64) returned to explore the nineteenth century, whilst Michael Reeves’s Witchfinder General (1968) and its spin-offs like Piers Haggard’s Blood on Satan’s Claw (1970) explored earlier encounters with evil. Tony Scott’s The Hunger

in Gothic effigy