Empire and the Gothic: The Politics of Genre (Hardback)

by Prof Andrew Smith, William Hughes

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This innovative volume considers the relationship between the Gothic and theories of postcolonialism. The contributors explore how writers including Salman Rushdie, Arunhati Roy and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala use the Gothic in order to represent images of colonial power against which a postcolonial identity is asserted. Postcolonial theory is applied to earlier Gothic narratives in order to re-examine, and so critically reinvigorate, the ostensibly colonialist writings of William Beckford, Charlotte Dacre, H. Rider Haggard and Bram Stoker. One central issue is how later writers respond to, and so renegotiate, earlier Gothic constructions of a postcolonial politics, one which, paradoxically, has its roots in the colonial context of the late eighteenth-century. This volume brings together scholarship on the Gothic and scholarship on postcolonialism in new, radical ways. Contributors include Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, David Punter and Neil Cornwell.

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