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Poe‘s Anti-Representational Invocations of the Near East
Brian Yothers

Poe‘s poetry and fiction are full of cultural and religious references to the Near East. This essay suggests that Poe‘s invocations of the Near East are part of a deliberately anti-representational strategy for dealing with cultural difference that constitutes part of Poe‘s understanding of one of his most central concepts, the ‘arabesque’. This anti-representational strategy is built on Poe‘s sympathetic reading of texts associated with the Near East, Islam, and Arab and Persian cultures.

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

7 •• ‘In that Egyptian den’: situating The Beetle within the fin-de-siècle fiction of Gothic Egypt Ailise Bulfin Among many events, literary and political, that took place in 1895 are two that may seem at first glance unrelated: Richard Marsh began writing his bestselling novel about a demonic Egyptian entity, The Beetle: A Mystery (1897), and General Herbert Kitchener launched his famous and ultimately successful campaign to quell Islamic-nationalist rebellion in Sudan. As this chapter argues, Marsh’s novel can be placed within a popular subgenre of Egyptian

in Richard Marsh, popular fiction and literary culture, 1890–1915
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Unburying Japanese figurality
Charles Shirō Inouye

idea of one God combined with the notion of Aristotle’s Prime Mover, so that by the time of Augustine of Hippo (354–430) the mundane world looked devotedly up to a sacred intelligence that only rarely deigned to look down. As for the spread of Islam, even the native jinn bowed to Allah, another singular God whose influence spread from the Iberian peninsula in the west to Indonesia in the east

in Globalgothic
Embedded narrative and the treatment of boundaries in The Manuscript Found in Saragossa (1797-1815)
Ahlam Alaki

progressions to a conclusion, whereas in this case an inextricable confusion is the only result I can obtain from all the gypsy has related. (Potocki 1995 : 334) The interactions between stories, and the variation in accounts of supposedly identical incidents, create numerous framing devices, and accentuate the principle of witnessing derived from Islamic

in European Gothic
Sibling incest, class and national identity in Iain Banks’s The Steep Approach to Garbadale (2007)
Robert Duggan

connected to atheism and political radicalism, particularly in the work of Percy Shelley ( The Revolt of Islam ) and Byron ( Manfred ). Paternal incest, so common in gothic fiction, is evil and tyrannical, whereas sibling incest here speaks of equality and mutual devotion. Editorial changes to key Romantic works also show the sensitivity to sibling incest: Laon and Cythna in Percy Shelley’s The Revolt of

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

was lost was an understanding of how regional identities organised social relations beyond a narrower interpretation of faith-based communities. The linear view of history and lack of sensitivity to more intricate forms of syncretic religious practice led Cunningham to catalogue a Punjabi heritage that drew straight lines from ancient to modern and through communities along the lines of religion and tribe. In this view, Sikh Jats could be categorised as Hindu and mausoleums could be sites of Islamic practices of

in Interventions
Zombie pharmacology In the Flesh
Linnie Blake

been widely criticised for its own inherent racism, frequently justified as a necessary response to the threat of Islamic terrorism within and without the island (Heath and Khan, 2012 ). The Home Office’s ‘Go Home’ campaign of 2013 (comprising vans driven about the streets of London enjoining illegal immigrants to return whence they came) was widely seen to typify attitudes to ethnic and cultural difference

in Neoliberal Gothic
Vijay Mishra

In monotheistic eschatology, death is life-affirming because it is a temporary state that will be transformed into blissful eternity on the Day of Judgment or, as it is called in Islam, at the moment of Qayamat . This positive narrative of death and afterlife, hope and affirmation, is for the believer or, failing that, for people who have led peaceful

in The Gothic and death
Medicine masculinity, same-sex desire and the Gothic in Teleny
Diane Mason

manifested in the shape of his oriental and voluptuous mouth (135). This connection with the Arab world is compelling inasmuch as in the nineteenth century, as Rudi C. Bleys asserts, ‘the image of widespread sodomy was disseminated in handbooks about the world of Islam and its countries’. 21 Writing in 1864, the German forensic physician J. L. Casper claims that the practice of ‘paederastia’ is ‘of

in Queering the Gothic
Marie Mulvey-Roberts

able criticism’ of the performance published in the Daily News , which insisted that Irving does not portray ‘the decrepit nor the grotesque Jew’, for ‘malignant by nature he scarcely seems to be’. These remarks betray an endemic racism. 32 Representations of the ‘grotesque Jew’ most certainly appear in The Jew, the Gypsy and El Islam (1898) written by Stoker’s friend, Sir

in Dangerous bodies