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Neoliberal gothic

conceive of it? Based on the economic theories of Friedrich von Hayek, the 1980s neoliberalism pioneered by Ronald Reagan in the USA and Margaret Thatcher in the UK rested on a radical individualism that eschewed those principles of state welfare, social progress and equality of opportunity on which the postwar consensus in the UK and the Great Society in the US had rested. 11 Economic planning was decried

in Neoliberal Gothic
Social commentary of 1980s Britain in Clive Barker’s Weaveworld

evocative reflection on the times in which it was written. These were the 1980s, and the decade was marked by a number of dramatic and unprecedented events: Margaret Thatcher was at the helm of the British government with her monetarist fiscal policies, austerity measures, and the call for a return to core values; sexual equality had gained considerable ground from the tentative gains made in the

in Clive Barker
The Books of Blood and the horror of 1980s Britain

. The reasons for these riots are complex, but clearly directly related to the economic policies of the Thatcher government which, in its uncompromisingly ideological macroeconomic crusade to control inflation through severely limiting the money supply, wreaked social havoc, creating conditions of runaway unemployment, which reached a postwar peak of 3,000,000 early in 1986, having risen

in Clive Barker
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Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing and radical ecology

sophistication, to a shared political conviction of the potential for comics to intervene in key debates and struggles of the contemporary environmental movement. Although environmental activism in both the UK and USA had its roots in the late nineteenth century, it was the 1970s that witnessed the ascendancy of the environment as a discrete area of public policy, and environmentalism as

in Alan Moore and the Gothic Tradition
Liberalism and liberalisation in the niche of nature, culture, and technology

relies on it...Heaven was unable to bear the sorrow of its loss’ (Huang, 2008 : 94–5). When Yan Fu was dying of opium addiction – opium being arguably a transcultural actant between British trade policy and a Chinese government too weak to resist it – he committed his last words on the boundary between the self and group. While he credited Mill’s significance (see below), his emphasis was no longer Mill’s. Yan instructed his son in his will (1921) to respect tradition as well as change and not to put the individual

in Interventions
Re-examining paradigms of sibling incest

strong. Recent scholarship that examines race and slavery in the novel illuminates the power dynamics of Catherine and Heathcliff’s relationship; Maja-Lisa von Sneidern cites a wealth of textual and historical evidence to argue compellingly that Heathcliff, brought home from the port city of Liverpool that was home to thousands of black slaves, is of African descent and that his ‘racial otherness cannot

in Gothic incest
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Location the Irish gothic novel

nation had triumphantly emerged’, 20 and, on the other, an august political inheritance derived from a vaguely conceptualised set of Germanic and Teutonic tribes, including the Anglo-Saxons, who had given birth to modern British liberty, despite their inborn barbarity. 21 The latter usage functioned as a method of critiquing current governmental policies and political trends, with what William Molyneux termed the ‘noble Gothick Constitution’ coming to be understood as a far-removed ‘fount of constitutional purity and political virtue from which the nation had become

in The gothic novel in Ireland, c. 1760–1829