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
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.