1st Edition

Doubles and Hybrids in Latin American Gothic

ISBN 9780367406332
Published September 30, 2019 by Routledge
242 Pages

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Book Description

Doubles and Hybrids in Latin American Gothic focuses on a recurrent motif that is fundamental in the Gothic—the double. This volume explores how this ancient notion acquires tremendous force in a region, Latin America, which is itself defined by duplicity (indigenous/European, autochthonous religions/Catholic). Despite this duplicity and at the same time because of it, this region has also generated "mestizaje," or forms resulting from racial mixing and hybridity. This collection, then, aims to contribute to the current discussion about the Gothic in Latin America by examining the doubles and hybrid forms that result from the violent yet culturally fertile process of colonization that took place in the area.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Justin D. Edwards

Introduction: Doubles and Other Transmutations in Latin American Gothic --Antonio Alcalá González and Ilse Bussing

Section 1: Doubling the Self

Chapter 1. Ghostly Mirrors in Pedro Páramo: Rhetorical Figures Evidencing the Double -- David Boza

Chapter 2. Scalding Drops on a Naked Eye: The Motif of the Double in Seeing Red by Lina Meruane – Aurora Piñeiro

Chapter 3. Knocking at the door of your prison house of history: Carlos Fuentes Aura and Angela Carter’s ‘Lady in the House of Love – Gina Wisker

Chapter 4. Monstrous/Wondrous Transformations of The Female Body: Daniela Tarazona’s El animal sobre la piedra and The Gothic – Inés Ordiz

Chapter 5. Carlos Fuentes’s The Queen Doll and The Transgressive Presence of The Past -- Antonio Alcalá González

Section 2: Animals as Doubles

Chapter 6. Maize, Coyotes and Fireflies: Transformation and Nagualism in Hombres de Maíz – Ilse Bussing

Chapter 7. Mirrors and Shapeshifters: The Double in Gastão Cruls and Murilo Rubião – Vinicius Lucas de Souza

Chapter 8. Gothic Tradition and Social Divide in Alejo Carpentier's The Kingdom of this World – Esteban Rojas

Section 3. Doubles and Spaces

Chapter 9. Uncanny Aztec Revenants in Mexican Fiction—Anna Reid

Chapter 10. From Sierva María to María Mandinga: A Possible Female Gothic Transmutation in García Márquez’s Del amor y otros demonios – Gilda Pacheco

Chapter 11. Doubles, Spectres, and Community Trauma: Collapse, Repetition, and Horror in the Mexican Earthquakes of 9/19 – Enrique Ajuria Ibarra

Section 4. The Double in Film

Chapter 12. Civilization and Barbarism: Argentina and the Monster Within in Horror Films – Fernando Pagoni

Chapter 13. Reinventing the Hybrid: Del Toro’s Cronos as All-Too-Human Gothic Horror—Christian Jimenez



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Antonio Alcalá is a Chair of the Humanities Department and Literature Professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City.

Ilse Marie Bussing López is a Professor of English Literature and a Professor in Gothic Literature in the Master’s in Literature at the University of Costa Rica.