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Patricia Duncker’s The Deadly Space Between and The Civil Partnership Act

heteronormative incest taboo betrays a rejection of what it regulates, pushing it back into the closet. The CPA functions as the ground on which the state through law reasserts exclusionary terms of identification and citizenship. In an act of regia potestas , the state through the law maintains kinship as the privileged nexus where nation, nativity and naturalness meet and where private and public spheres

in Gothic kinship
Couperus and colonial Gothic

-Scholten, ‘Monogamous marriage and female citizenship’. 18 See Gayatri Spivak, ‘Three women’s texts and a critique of imperialism’. References Beekman, E.M., ‘Introduction’, in The Hidden Force (London: Quartet Books, 1992

in Gothic kinship
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Refiguring Dracula in a neoliberal age

consumer-agents who are responsible for their own success and failure. In a post-2008 world constrained by social and economic cut-backs and joblessness, this distorted notion of freedom further reinforces and validates acquisitive and competitive modes of citizenship that discard those who struggle to fulfil their consumer/civic duties, and accumulate (economic and human) capital

in Neoliberal Gothic
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Washington Irving’s Gothic afterlives

estranged. The bloody nature of past wars destabilises comfortable notions of a historical narrative that would assure an ordered tale of citizenship and national pride. In ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’, this incessant need to tell the tale of the Horseman and, later, of Ichabod Crane’s mysterious disappearance, stems from what Robert Hughes calls ‘a matter of history

in The Gothic and death
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Fear, the law and liquid modernity

stream must be offthe books, maybe even illegal’. Fox does indeed provide Batman with a suit that enables him to become ‘lighter, faster and more agile’. The Dark Knight shows us a world in which information and money flows are stopped neither by physical boundaries, such as state borders and national boundaries, nor by metaphysical constructs, such as the law, ethics or an ideal of citizenship

in Globalgothic
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Unburying Japanese figurality

its profoundly imaginative character. By way of hegemonic expressive systems, such as the realistic novel, a seamless unity of citizenship and patriotism is born. By way of this same modernising effort, the gothic, which finds itself outside the borders of both verisimilitude and traditional monotheistic standards, came to express anxiety and fear in a histrionic, horrible way. It eventually rendered

in Globalgothic
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Cousins and the changing status of family

structure. 28 Wollstonecraft intervened in Rousseau’s debate, arguing that women must be citizens in order to fulfil this role and asserted the necessity of female citizenship and rights. 29 The social and familial demands on women without benefit of liberty and rights were thus repositioned as an unfair burden: an obligation without the corresponding gift of freedom or choice. Perry picks up on this in

in Gothic incest
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Neoliberal gothic

. Volker Sattel, 2011). For Hantke, the nuclear power plant is an exemplary gothic site of neoliberal ideology. Here monopolised and transnational corporate power intersects with the modern security state. And when the plant malfunctions, spilling radioactive poison into the environment, discourses of individual and collective citizenship, bodily autonomy, and social and economic enfranchisement and

in Neoliberal Gothic
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Exploring sites of the Canadian ecoGothic

histories, resentment towards flawed or complicit ancestors, assertions of Aboriginal priority, explorations of hybrid cultural forms, and interrogations of national belonging and citizenship’. 10 Thus, as Edwards contends, Canada ‘is strangely familiar and familiarly strange’ 11 – and as such, suggests that Gothic representations in Canada are evolving. First, they recognize an early Canadian

in Ecogothic
Essence, difference and assimilation in Daniel Waters’s Generation Dead

Citizens Act’ explicitly compares ‘differently biotic people to illegal immigrants’ (276). 25 Immigration presents significant concerns to Western establishments, and here the Undead represent those without citizenship – Hispanic migrant workers, or black people in earlier struggles. The Undead are stateless, yet unsupervised; there are loopholes in the state apparatus, since ‘your social security card

in Open Graves, Open Minds