phenomenology to give shape to brand new spectres. As he realises
that he has merely bought an illusory promise, Basil’s
frustration after his marriage is revealingly couched in gothic
terminology: instead of possessing Margaret, he is
‘possessed by a gloom and horror’ he cannot apprehend,
his lips ‘quivering’, the nerves in his body
‘strung up to the extremest point of tension
‘Transformational objects’ and the Gothic fiction of Richard Marsh
to this edition
and are given in the text.
20 B. O. States, Great Reckonings in Little Rooms: On The Phenomenology of
Theatre (Berkeley, Los Angeles and London: University of California Press,
1985), p. 35.
21 R. Marsh, The Joss: A Reversion (1901; Chicago: Valancourt, 2007), p. 26.
All subsequent references are to this edition and are given in the text.
22 E. Jentsch, ‘On the psychology of the uncanny’ (1906), Angelaki: Journal of
the Theoretical Humanities, 2:1 (1997), 7–16 (p. 13).
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Narrative, affect and judgement in and across the
extraordinary work, Libidinal Economy where naming is seen as an
aspect of a broader set of questions regarding signification, and this
will be addressed shortly.
All novels ask their readers to help create the characters.
The novels offer the words, the reader takes them in and uses them to
imagine the scene, the people, the interaction. Once understood as an
aspect of phenomenology as in Wolfgang Iser’s too
aesthetic is said to be ‘disgust’ (cf. Carroll 158).
Thus feminist criticism offers an entire phenomenology of menstrual
blood, milk, vomit, ‘shit, etc.’ to account for the
genre’s revulsion at ‘changes of the wat’ry
star’ (1.2.1) which also explains why Mamillius is such a rapt
listener to his father’s misogynistic rant that there is
‘No barricado for a belly … It will let in and
such. The curious procedure which a reading of Checkmate
entails bears a certain resemblance to the progressive reductions of
Edmund Husserl’s phenomenology by which the entire world of
nature, history and empirical fact is eliminated from an
increasingly pure contemplation. If this sounds pompous one should
recognise something very similar in V. S. Pritchett
Poole . Harmondsworth : Penguin .
Dudley , Will ( 1999 ). Ed., Hegel and
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Evans , Robert and Pogge
von Strandmann ( 2000 ). The
Revolutions in Europe, 1848–1849.
Oxford : Oxford University
Hegel , G. W. F. ( 1977 ). Phenomenology of
Spirit , tr. A. V.
Miller . Oxford : Oxford University Press .
Hopkins , Gerard Manley ( 1970 ). The Poems of Gerard
Liberalism and liberalisation in the niche of nature, culture, and technology
triangulated, or even multilateral nature of exchange when cultures come in contact. When we
turn to cultural translation of specific works we are no longer engaged in literary
appreciation, which focuses on the ontology of the masterpiece, the way that the masterpiece
unfolds creatively and fits together as a whole or gestalt . Rather, we are looking at
the phenomenology of a work’s circulation, including the structure of the field of
transnational cultural exchanges, political or economic constraints that influence the
’s two quotations as its epigraphs. Her argument, essentially, is
that the increased cultural practice of aisthesis at the end of
eighteenth century reflects a larger shift in consciousness.
‘Udolpho was more than simply fashionable; it encapsulated
new structures of feeling, a new model of human relations, a new phenomenology
of self and other’ (Castle 1987 : 236-7). Castle is particularly struck with the ‘uncanny
‘extensive contemporary literature’ in the humanities that
focuses ‘objectively (but sometimes superficially) on “the
body”‘. 1 By this, Sobchack is referring to the way the body
is often thought about in an abstracted fashion, that which always
belongs to someone else other than me. Counter to this, Sobchack draws
on phenomenology to focus on the lived body, that is, on ‘what it
means to be “embodied
division of common property, to equal
pay, to federal financial assistance and to abortion.
In her essay ‘Dirt and Desire: Essay on
the Phenomenology of Female Pollution in Antiquity’, Anne
Carson argues that, since Aristotle and Hippocrates, the female
identity has been characterized as pliant, porous, mutable, lacking