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Situating The Beetle within the fin-de-siècle fiction of Gothic Egypt

military campaign. In 1896 Punch magazine commented upon Kitchener’s endeavour with a cartoon depicting the shade of General Gordon warning a martial John Bull to ‘Remember!’ (presumably, to remember Gordon’s disastrous fate in Khartoum; see figure 7.1), and this further illuminates the relationship between Marsh’s text and contemporary politics – the use of the Gothic to suggest the threat of resistance to the British imperial project. This chapter, then, endeavours to elucidate in detail the submerged but significant connections between these disparate events in order

in Richard Marsh, popular fiction and literary culture, 1890–1915
Representing organ trafficking in Asian cinemas

. The cells can only be found in the genome of one ethnic group, currently fighting a rebellion in Eurasian Zone 7, but the military readily obliges and supplies Dr Azuma with a large quantity of ethnically appropriate research material. A lightning bolt striking Dr Azuma’s lab revitalises the dismembered body parts, which combine together into humans. Although most of the

in Neoliberal Gothic
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most extended and emphatically phallic description of male costume in Udolpho is of a hunter ‘whose gun was slung across his shoulders, the […] horn hung from his belt, and in his hand was a small pike, which, as he held it, added to the manly grace of his figure […] he wore a faded military uniform; sandals were laced on his broad legs, and a kind of short trowsers hung from his waist. His hat

in Gothic effigy
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Caledonian fatality in Thomas Percy’s Reliques

years to convert Jacobitism from a perpetual threat to British nationhood to a safe, nostalgic parable? The defeat at Culloden in 1746 and subsequent legal restrictions placed on Highland culture ended the Jacobite threat in a literal, real-world sense, but it might be argued that parallel to this military, political, juridical and economic quelling of Jacobitism, a cultural enterprise also developed to eradicate the threat to the British state. Percy’s ballad efforts – which had a direct influence on Scott’s own Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border (1802

in Suicide and the Gothic
Elisabeth Bronfen and Beate Neumeier

. Rewarded with a form of sovereign power-sharing when Constantius, Roman leader in Britain, devolves half of his authority to him as reward for his valiant military service, Vortigern immediately articulates the ambitions of a Macbeth or a Brutus: ‘what! Jointly wear the crown? No! I will all!’ (1.1). Proceeding, like Macbeth, to eradicate the king, Vortigern is plagued by visions of

in Gothic Renaissance

everywhere, it holds the war in its crystal; there is no elsewhere, no other place. Not a benediction falls on this apart house of the Major; the enemy is within it, creeping about. Each heart here falls to the enemy. 10 The military terminology reflects a larger world than that of the major’s household. Born knowing, the children

in Dissolute characters
Sibling incest, class and national identity in Iain Banks’s The Steep Approach to Garbadale (2007)

relationship with his sister Morgan. 19 A Song of Stone takes place in the confused aftermath of a civil war in an unnamed place and details the humiliations experienced by the aristocrats Abel and Morgan at the hands of a female Lieutenant who, with her gang of outlaws, takes over their castle as a military base. Banks had earlier used sibling incest in Walking on Glass and in one of his Culture series

in Incest in contemporary literature
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Writing popular culture in colonial Punjab, 1885– 1905

, sitting in the gardens of a retired military officer in Sirhind, Punjab, I was reliably informed that my surname, ‘Mann’ (transliterated in a variety of forms into English), entered Punjab with Alexander the Great’s army. A less personalised version of this origin myth was repeated for me by a variety of local elders who regarded Alexander as one of many invaders including Jahangir and the British that northern India had been subject to. Alexander Cunningham also recorded hearing an origin story in his archaeological tour

in Interventions
Nineteenth–century fiction and the cinema

American in its making. In other words, it is an ideological provocation suggesting that post-9/11, the violence of the US-led ‘War on Terror’ has begot more terrorism than it has extinguished. The Conradesque can even be found in the world of digital gaming. Videogames such as Far Cry 2 (Ubisoft, 2008) make the player track down an insane arms dealer in the heart of a war-torn African country; while Spec Ops: The Line (2K Games, 2012) presents a military mission in a war-ravaged Dubai in search of a missing US Captain

in Interventions

chroniclers inhabit a last ditch of cultural nationalism. Literary history proper is unlikely to inherit the earth when these retreating veterans are finally dislodged. The military metaphor suggests a conflict, and guarantees no unambiguous victory for one view over another. Cultural nationalism, in certain quarters at least, has already sent out emissaries to parley (or

in Dissolute characters