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Author Berthin, Christine, 1960-

Title Gothic hauntings [electronic resource] ; Melancholy crypts and textual ghosts / Christine Berthin.

Published Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.


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Physical description 200 p.
Notes Electronic book text.
Originally published in: 2010.
Contents Acknowledgements Introduction Transgenerational Haunting: The Subject as Other Discourse and its Other: The Figural and the Real Gothic as Poetics The Melancholy Crypt of Frankenstein Secretions and Secretaries: The Secret of Dracula The Raising of the Dead: Art and Melancholy Notes Works Cited Index.
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Summary What is buried in the crypts of the Gothic? Building on psychoanalytic research on haunting, cryptonymy and melancholy, as well as on French philosophies of language, this book explores how haunting is not just a Gothic narrative device but the symptom of an impossibility of representation and of an irreparable loss at the heart of language. Analysing the major texts of the Gothic (including Frankenstein, Dracula and The Mysteries of Udolpho) this fascinating book proposes three new ways of understanding the Gothic in terms of "haunting": Firstly, the Gothic haunts writing rather than simply writing about haunting. A force of chaos that disrupts the rules of representation inhabits gothic writing. It manifests itself in the form of cliches, anachronisms, jarring images, or punning that go against the grain of the intended linear meaning of the text. Secondly, the Gothic transmits unspoken secrets that are conveyed without being stated. Abraham and Torok's groundbreaking concepts of cryptonymy and phantomatic transmission are extensively used in connection with the Gothic to show how the repressed that returns is not simply the subject's but someone else's secret. Thirdly, this book reads the Gothic in terms of clinical melancholy. It identifies in the texts' fantasies of incorporation or resurrection and other narcissistic devices by which death is magically neglected.
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History notes CHRISTINE BERTHIN is currently Associate Professor of English at the University of Paris Ouest-Nanterre, France. She has taught Gothic, and Romantic fiction at UCSC and at the University of Orleans. She has also published extensively on P. B. Shelley, Mary Shelley, Keats and the British Gothic tradition.
Subject Horror tales, English -- History and criticism.
Gothic fiction (Literary genre), English -- History and criticism.
Ghosts in literature.
Metaphor in literature.
Symbolism in literature.
Psychoanalysis in literature.
Psychoanalysis and literature.
Literary studies: general.
ISBN 9780230275126 : 帮75
0230275125 : 帮75