Seeing things: gothic and the madness of reading

Brewster, Scott (2012) Seeing things: gothic and the madness of reading. In: A New Companion to the Gothic. Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 481-495. ISBN 9781405198066

Seeing things: gothic and the madness of reading

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The Gothic is the site par excellence in which to observe - and perhaps even diagnose - irrationality and pathological disturbance, but the experience of reading Gothic literature insistently suggests that there is no secure position for the interpreter to occupy that remains safely outside the textual madness that is witnessed. This essay explores the compelling demands that literary madness places upon protagonists, narrators, and readers, and examines Gothic texts - Poe's 'The Fall of the House of Usher', Bram Stoker's Dracula, and M. R. James's 'A Warning to the Curious' - that elicit in varying degrees the madness of interpretation.

Keywords:Gothic, Madness, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, vampires, M. R. James, ghost stories
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q323 English Literature by topic
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
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Deposited On:18 Sep 2014 09:51

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