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Angela Wright

Concerns of linguistic, cultural and military incursion from France emerge more frequently in the wake of the Seven Years’ War. In the literary arena, one of the ways in which these concerns are marked is through the highly-contested national stakes of chivalry. This essay argues that these national stakes of chivalry are negotiated in the realm of the Gothic romance in a particularly fluid and dynamic manner. Addressing recent critical assumptions about the conservatism inherent in prose treatments of medieval chivalry, the essay explores the possibility that Gothic romance recuperates a more positive version of chivalry in the wake of the famous Burke/Wollstonecraft revolutionary debate of 1790.

Gothic Studies
Johan Höglund

This essay argues that Stephen King‘s 2006 novel Cell explores the age of terror with the aid of two concurrent Gothic discourses. The first such discourse belongs to the tradition that Patrick Brantlinger has termed Imperial Gothic. As such, it imagines with the War on Terror that the threat that the (Gothic) Other constitutes is most usefully managed with the help of massive, military violence. The other, and more traditional, Gothic discourse radically imagines such violence as instead a War of Terror. The essay then argues that Cell does not attempt to reconcile these opposed positions to terror. Instead, the novel employs the two Gothic discourses to describe the epistemological rift that terror inevitably creates.

Gothic Studies
Martha McGill and Alasdair Raffe

particular providences . 45 The more liberal John Logan taught his flock that ‘the arm of the Almighty reaching from heaven to earth, is continually employed. All things are full of God.’ 46 This idea that things were full of God had a significant and enduring influence on pious Scots. Providences may have confounded human reason, but there was substantial emotive power in a doctrine that infused everyday events with supernatural resonances. Providence was also a tool for interpreting occurrences of national or international significance, from military victories to

in The supernatural in early modern Scotland
Phrenology in Britain during the first decade of the nineteenth century
William Hughes

animals the elephant is particularly distinguished by the expansion of this organ. This animal remembers, with the greatest accuracy, every circumstance and fact which has any relation to it.’  59 Again, though, the suggestion is advanced that to indicate or touch the organ is somehow to stimulate its latent qualities into activity. Of the other organs of the forehead, that of ‘the Sense of Locality’ (numbered 16) is associated with ‘birds of passage’, human explorers and those military strategists

in The dome of thought
George Combe and the rise of British phrenology
William Hughes

most likely, moreover, not even the first occasion upon which Gordon had witnessed Spurzheim dissect a brain. Gordon's biographer, Daniel Ellis, records that the reviewer had attended two earlier dissections by Spurzheim, undertaken at the lecture theatre of the military surgeon Dr John Thomson (1765–1846). 7 Gordon had therefore seen Spurzheim lecture and dissect no fewer than three times before the apparently irritable and reactionary debate enjoined in the reviewer's own lecture rooms

in The dome of thought
Exhumation and the autopsy of talent
William Hughes

press, its words syndicated to English periodicals, was perhaps a little more indulgent: a short notice in the St James's Chronicle, or the British Evening Post , for example, lamented the passing of ‘a mind guided only by the lights of Nature and the inspirations of Genius’. 52 Burns's funeral, in a relatively obscure corner of St Michael's Kirkyard, Dumfries, was noted for its solemnity and the military honours accorded to the poet by his brethren in arms. 53 The

in The dome of thought
Phrenology in the British Isles
William Hughes

Distinguished noble, military, medical, religious and civil visitors to the city were reported in a regular column, entitled ‘Arrived here’, in the Bath Chronicle . Spurzheim's name does not appear in any of the entries between October 1814 and January 1815, suggesting that his celebrity was far from assured at the time. 73 ‘This day is published, price 1s 6d.’ [advertisement], Bath Chronicle , 2 March 1815, p. 3, col. 4; Anon., An

in The dome of thought
Mesmerism, celebrity practitioners and the schism of 1842–3
William Hughes

brain’, just as ‘digestion is called the function of the stomach’, Engledue proposed that the mind and soul were separate entities. The processes of thought, in other words, are material and die with the body; the soul, being divine and immaterial, may persist in accordance with conventional Christian eschatology. Again, this was not sufficient to calm some of the 400 auditors present, two military gentlemen in particular interrupting the speaker with ‘rabid demonstrations’ before the president rose to restore order. Having finally addressed the

in The dome of thought
Forbidden Planet, Frankenstein, and the atomic age
Dennis R. Perry

Franklin D. Roosevelt that building the atomic bomb was possible, later condemned the use of the bomb against Japan, and was sympathetic toward the Atomic Scientists movement (Clark 752). Having helped determine the outcome of World War II, the scientists involved in the movement had become important players on the world stage and changed the course of international politics. At the same time, more practical military and government officials pushed back against the idea that civilian scientists should regulate nuclear research. They recognised that less reasonable

in Adapting Frankenstein
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Amy Milne-Smith

The rather animated doctor leading a young reporter through his medical train was used to its sights. The shrapnel cases, amputations, and serious injuries were his primary concern, and he walked past the shock cases without having to intervene. His attitude towards these men embodied the stiff upper lip of military-medical thinking. He did not judge the men for breaking down particularly, but he did frame their illness as a nervous response to intense trauma. The language he uses is remarkably like the terminology familiar to any Victorian medical man. An

in Out of his mind