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to contemporary novelist Kim Newman’s recreation of the First World War, populated by vampires and humans. Newman’s postmodern pastiche of history, literature and film highlights the vampiric nature of genre to reveal how the fantastic can be just as effective as the military memoir in exposing the truth, myths and horror of war. This chapter will indicate the ways in which the literary treatment of

in Dangerous bodies
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The dance of global darkness

commercial and military treaty with the very country that had dropped two atomic bombs on it fourteen years earlier; the death, at the personal level, of female family members whose ghosts would haunt and inspire Hijikata and Ohno throughout their careers; and death at the ontological level of all coherent reference of subjectivity, of a self or an ego that might dance identity or emotion the way it does in

in Globalgothic
Zombie pharmacology In the Flesh

are afraid, not least of the matrix of bio-power that now encompasses all aspects of contemporary life – from government, the law, law enforcement, the military and the media to the living, working and leisure practices of individual subjects, both the living and the Risen being insistently interpellated by neoliberal ideology. In his depiction of a village in the north of

in Neoliberal Gothic
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The House by the Church yard

. Personal, literary and military histories converge in these few names. The first of the author’s family to reach Ireland had been a Charles de Cresserons (sic) who fought for King William at the Battle of the Boyne (1690). When the Williamite régime had been consolidated in both England and Ireland, it gave rise to a whig oligarchy deserving in its arrogance the scorn heaped upon

in Dissolute characters
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Unburying Japanese figurality

Shintō to National Learning ( kokugaku ) to State Shintō to Science. Needless to say, the similar cultural trajectory of both was toward the sublimated horror of total war. In the decades between the First and Second World Wars, an age when Japan sought racial purity, national unity and military invincibility, semiotic extravagance was dismissed as ero guro nansensu

in Globalgothic
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Conflict Gothic

marginality and whose bodies are overlaid with fear and danger. The title of the final chapter, ‘The Vampire of War’, echoes the phrase, ‘the fog of war’, alluding to the difficulty of decision-making in the midst of conflict. 3 This expression goes back to Carl von Clausewitz, the Prussian military analyst, who declared in his monumental book, On War (1832): ‘War is the realm of uncertainty.’ 4

in Dangerous bodies
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From White Zombie to World War Z

with questions of empire, cultural transition, nation and migration, a novel that may or may not be postcolonial, magical realist or, even, gothic: Salman Rushdie’s Shame ( 1983 ). Shame tells the story of Indian independence and partition, focusing on the political ramifications and hard realities of military and religious power in a newly formed Pakistan. But that is one of its storylines. It also spins a fabulous

in Globalgothic

military success of Mac Murrough and his foreign forces, Giraldus’s history records the depiction of Ireland as a land under attack by the ‘invasion of the strangers’. 11 On 18 October 1171, unnerved by the military successes of Strongbow, King Henry II landed in Ireland. In the literary and historical record, Mac Murrough’s invitation to King Henry II precipitates the violent and destructive presence of

in Open Graves, Open Minds
The painful nearness of things

own two feet as a whole man. Powell’s handwritten screenplay emphasises the triumph of his reintegrated subjectivity: ‘He looks just like any happy man with two feet … No longer outside the world, but in it: no longer talking to a man in uniform, but with him, as an equal.’ 22 The importance Powell placed on this moment of bodily reintegration becomes clear when the film’s final scene is compared to the climax of Balchin’s novel, in which Sammy can’t find the strength he needs to unscrew a vital component of the bomb and is forced to ask for help from the military

in Mid-century gothic
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E.J. Clery and Robert Miles

mutual dread. The rest is surrounded by an ocean forming extensive bays, and including vast insular tracts, * in which our military expeditions have lately discovered various nations and kingdoms. The Rhine, issuing from the inaccessible and precipitous summit of the Raetic Alps, ‡ after a moderate flexure to the West, flows into the Northern Ocean. The Danube, poured from the easy and gentle elevation of the mountain Abnoba

in Gothic documents