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The Urban Gothic of Fin-de-Siècle London and Gotham City
Erica McCrystal

Gothic literature set in fin-de-siècle London has often been argued to highlight duality. However, the urban Gothic truly flourishes through its liminality, which allows chaos and order to coexist. Texts such as Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray offer versions of a Gothic London that have the appearance of structure but are difficult to navigate. Likewise, the Batman franchise has embraced Gotham City as a setting that provides tensions between order and chaos. In Gotham, as in fin-de-siècle London, liminality puts pressures on apparent boundaries. While the urban Gothic initially developed through nineteenth century British texts, modern-day comics and films within the Batman franchise have allowed us to see how a multiverse normalises liminality and embraces multiple works to speak collectively about Gothic tensions. This article analyses the liminal nature of the urban Gothic in both cities side by side to argue that the urban Gothic’s liminal nature allows instability to reign.

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Medicine, masculinity and the Gothic at the fin de siecle
Author: Andrew Smith

This book is a study of constructions of masculinity in a range of medical, cultural and Gothic narratives at the fin de siecle. The final decades of the nineteenth century provide a particularly complex set of examples of how the dominant masculine scripts came to be associated with disease, degeneration and perversity. The book first outlines the theories of degeneracy, explaining how they relate to masculinity. It then charts an alternative British tradition of degeneracy as this British context provides a more immediate background to the case histories that follow. The book presents a close reading of Sir Frederick Treves's Reminiscences; Treves's memoirs focus on the issues confronted by doctors working in the late Victorian period. The Whitechapel murders of 1888 are then discussed. The book focuses on how and why the medical profession became implicated in the murders. The murders also suggested the presence of a demonic, criminalised form of masculine control over the East End. Continuing with its focus on medicine, the book discusses medical textbooks on syphilis in the 1880s and how they responded to a shift in attitude towards attributing responsibility for the spread of syphilis. An examination of how London appears as a gendered space in the work of male authors such as Thomas De Quincey, and Charles Dickens, and later Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker, is presented. Finally, some aspects of Oscar Wilde's trials are also examined as well as a range of his writings.

Representing the supernatural in film adaptations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Gayle Allan

Glinda the good witch arrives in a bubble in The Wizard of Oz (1934), directed by Victor Fleming. 36 Mark Burnett, ‘Impressions of Fantasy: Adrian Noble's  A Midsummer Night's Dream ’ in M. T. Burnett and R. Wray (eds), Shakespeare, Film, Fin de Siècle (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000), pp. 89–101, p. 91. 37

in Shakespeare and the supernatural
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Clemence and Laurence Housman
Jill Liddington

developed a hatred for cruelty by the powerful to the powerless.9 Meanwhile, the family’s fortunes drifted downwards: Clemence’s financial skills were enlisted to help sort out their father’s shady dealings and tax affairs. 40 Prelude: people and their politics Then in 1883 the two siblings fled their stepmother-­managed Bromsgrove home to follow their dreams in fin de siècle London. Clemence had been enjoined by their mother shortly before she died ‘to look after little Laurence’, and so was ‘allowed’ to go to London to help her younger brother. But, with their eldest

in Vanishing for the vote
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Anne McClintock and H. Rider Haggard
Laura Chrisman

. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, No Man’s Land. Volume 2: Sexchanges (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989); Elaine Showalter, Sexual Anarchy: Gender and Culture at the Fin de Siecle (London: Bloomsbury, 1991); Rebecca Stott, ‘The Dark Continent: Africa as Female Body in Haggard’s Adventure Fiction’, Feminist Review, 32 (1989), pp. 69–89. 4 See for example Haggard’s Cetywayo and His White Neighbours, Or, Remarks on Recent Events in Zululand, Natal, and the Transvaal (London: Trubner and chapter2 21/12/04 11:09 am Gendering imperialism 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Page 49 49

in Postcolonial contraventions
Matthew J. A. Green

overflow might be deconstruction’. 19 Anxieties over the collapse of the logos in fin-de-siècle London are, as Monica Germanà demonstrates in Chapter 8 , embodied in From Hell , which posits an irrational ground for the psychological, geographical and historical structures required to sustain patriarchy and western imperialism. Concentrating on

in Alan Moore and the Gothic Tradition
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Clothing and masculine identities in the imperial city, 1860–1914
Christopher Breward

a source, 7 I hope to use their content here not to make quantitative claims for patterns of clothing practice and urban behaviour, but to suggest that descriptions of male dress and its acquisition in fin-de-siècle London contained inflections of empire which are often overlooked. I would like to focus, in particular, on those ‘black, brown and russet figures, the shabby clerks outside the bun shop’ described by Whiteing, in order to consider the sartorial roles played out in various literary representations by

in Imperial cities
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Andrew Smith

Counties) can be explained as a reaction to certain gender debates at the fin de siècle. London becomes a site of gender contestation at the fin de siècle , and the sense that it becomes an increasingly female-controlled public sphere (largely associated with the female shopper) also led to a reassessment of the now compromised dominant masculine scripts. Masculinity

in Victorian demons
The Vorticist critique of Futurism, 1914–1919
Jonathan Black

would free ‘the workers’ to develop their creative potential (Ellmann 1988: 309). Lewis here refers to George Gissing (1857–1903), author of novels exploring with unsparing gusto the ‘sordid’ underside of lower middle-class and working-class existence in fin-de-siècle London, such as New Grub Street (1891) and one tellingly entitled The Whirlpool (1897). Gissing was a prophet of the impact of mass circulation popular journalism over a decade before Marinetti published his Founding Manifesto on the Adamowicz and Storchi, Back to the Furutists.indd 164 01/11/2013 10

in Back to the Futurists
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Sarah Grand and the sexual education of girls
Janet Beer and Ann Heilmann

, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 1997, pp. 94–121. See Elaine Showalter, Sexual Anarchy: Gender and Culture at the Fin de Siècle, London, Bloomsbury, 1991, pp. 169–87; Lyn Pykett, Engendering Fictions: The English Novel in the Early Twentieth Century, London, Edward Arnold, 1995, pp. 14–53; Linda Dowling, ‘The Decadent and the New Woman in the 1890s’, in Lyn Pykett (ed.), Reading Fin de Siècle Fictions, London, Longman, 1996, pp. 47–63; and Ann Heilmann, New Woman Fiction: Women Writing First-Wave Feminism, Basingstoke, Macmillan/Palgrave, 2000, pp. 46–53. For

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