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Andrew Smith

Daniel Pick's authoritative study of theories of degeneration and their historical contexts, Faces of Degeneration charts the development of such theories from the 1840s to the end of the First World War. David Punter has noted how Gothic narratives such as Dracula and Jekyll and Hyde indicate the presence of an anxiety about colonial decline. The analysis of Dracula and Jekyll and Hyde addresses the permeability that existed between fictional, and supposedly 'scientific' notions of the unstable, often hybrid, male subject. The chapter explores how the following British commentators responded to some of the ideas about masculinity and nation: Samuel Smiles, Charles Kingsley, Edwin Lankester and Otto Weininger. Siobhan B. Somerville argues that in sexology racial identifications were mapped on to sexual orientation. This was done so that the 'blackness' or 'whiteness' of a subject was correlated to the levels masculinity or femininity exhibited by the subject.

in Victorian demons
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The imagination of Celtic Cornwall

The close relation between concepts of nation and landscapes is well-established in cultural and literary studies. This book considers how the geological substance of national territory itself is used to support ideas of nationhood. The focus of much of the book is on Cornwall (the region located at the far south-west of Britain) and 'primitive' rocks found in this region as an in-depth case study in the context of 'Celtic' Britain. The book begins by focusing primarily on an emerging consciousness of Cornwall as a distinctively rocky territory as depicted in nineteenth-century geological journals, poetry, folklore, travel narratives, gothic and detective fiction. It then looks mainly at twentieth-century ghost stories, Cornish nationalist and New Age writing, and modernist and romance novels. The book reflects how the categories of science and literature were only beginning to take shape in the nineteenth century. It does so by building on well-established connections between these fields to show how geology and poetry together engage with rocks as a basis for perceiving Celtic nations and native races as distinct from England. Finally, the book takes on a more distinctly fictional engagement with the Cornish nationalist imagination and its ghosts.

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Shelley Trower

relation between concepts of nation and landscapes is well-established in cultural and literary studies; 1 this book considers how the geological substance of national territory itself is used to support ideas of nationhood. As a case study, it examines the gradual formation of a cultural consciousness of Cornwall as a nation (the region located at the far south-west of Britain), a

in Rocks of nation
Hamish Mathison

of these publications in 1706 is important for what follows, because at the inception of the century there is a clear and unambiguous alignment of a fraught political nationhood with a fraught visionary practice. The supernatural realm is not bolted on after the fact of political reality, it is constitutive of it, certainly in terms of the Union debate at the turn of the century. Literary practice, figurative practice, is not something that follows a high-political moment, but is rather the thing that constitutes the architecture and boundaries of the debates

in The supernatural in early modern Scotland
Derek Johnston

this folk culture often saw what they collected as the remnants of a larger, lost culture, and so as things that needed to be gathered and preserved by the educated middle classes as a way of protecting and reinvigorating the national culture. This counts just as well for the eighteenth-century antiquarians and collectors of folk tales at the birth of modern nationhood as it

in Folk horror on film
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The cartographic consciousness of Irish gothic fiction
Christina Morin

seventeenth-century India. 81 Similarly, Owenson's The novice of Saint Dominick (1805) operates as what Wright identifies as an ‘outsider national tale’, or ‘[a] national [tale] about nations of which the author is not a member’. 82 Its consideration of fourteenth-century France and its interfaith marriage of Catholic heroine and Huguenot hero point to the complex ways in which Irish authors looked beyond Anglo-Irish encounters in their works to negotiate and define modern nationhood in the early nineteenth century. Underlining the varied nature of

in The gothic novel in Ireland, c. 1760–1829
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Regina Maria Roche, the Minerva Press, and the bibliographic spread of Irish gothic fiction
Christina Morin

part, is centrally concerned with an investigation of Irish identity and nationhood more commonly associated with the Irish national tale than the contemporary gothic novel. 117 Clermont , too, betrays a real interest in Ireland, particularly in its depiction of Lord Dunlere, the heroine's maternal grandfather and a native Irishman banished to the Continent thanks to ‘his attachment to that unhappy Prince [James II]’. 118 Described as ‘one of the most faithful and zealous supporters’ of the Jacobite cause in Ireland, Lord Dunlere loses his

in The gothic novel in Ireland, c. 1760–1829
Transnational harvest horror and racial vulnerability at the turn of the millennium
Sara Wasson

, for example, that, although the nation’s first heart transplant was full of ambivalence for the donor kin, media coverage elided that complexity. 56 Cinema of the 1990s also uses transplantation plots to celebrate Indian nationhood and communities, and particularly to valorise ‘the familial order of giving eroded by selfish Western modernity’. 57 Padmanabhan’s play contrasts with both these discourses. Padmanabhan’s play engages gender in ways that both echo and deviate from the gendering at play in the turn-of-the-millennium Indian markets on which it

in Transplantation Gothic
Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart

, Imagination and Nationhood ( London : Palgrave Macmillan , 2017 ).

in The supernatural in early modern Scotland
The material production of American literature in nineteenth-century Britain
Katie McGettigan

, arguing that a print culture in which multiple imports and reprints circulated alongside one another led to the British perception of American literature as radically material. I then examine reprints of James Fenimore Cooper’s The Pilot and Charles Brockden Brown’s Edgar Huntly in the early numbers of Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley’s influential ‘Standard Novels’ series (1831–55), whose illustrations and prefaces amplify connections between transatlantic circulation and the American nationhood articulated

in Interventions