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Inhuman Materiality in Gothic Media

1st Edition

By Aspasia Stephanou


192 pages

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Hardback: 9781138227439
pub: 2019-06-01
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As a threat to attempts to control meaning and as something outside of the realm of consciousness, materiality lends itself ideally to discussions of gothic and horror. Using Paul de Man’s concept of inhuman materiality, this book examines the manifestations of this materiality across different gothic media in order to delineate a contemporary philosophy of horror that is concerned with the (in)human. It proposes to read blood as the conduit of an unnameable materiality that circulates through gothic media, seducing with its familiar mask of gothic aesthetics only to uncover the horror of a totally alienating and inhuman otherness. The book offers innovative readings of notions of blood inscription in different media, of gender and mysticism in film, of the Dark Web, accelerationism, technoscience and bioart in order to account for the widespread haemophilia in contemporary culture.


"This is an original, timely, and fascinating contribution to Gothic studies. Utilizing the later work of Paul de Man in a unique and compelling way to consider how horror—and blood in particular—functions in the critique of human anthropocentrism, the analysis is sophisticated and productive as it reveals how horror literature and film 'masks materiality with the lure of meaning.'" --Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, Central Michigan University, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Study in Scarlet

1. Typewriter Blood

2. At the heart of Darkness: Trauma and Women

3. Blood and Mysticism

4. The Real of Cyberia: Dark Web, Red Rooms, and Internet Gothic

5. Gothic Inhumanism

6. Gothic Teratologies: The Strange Vitalism of Bioart


About the Author

Aspasia Stephanou is a Independent Scholar

About the Series

Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

Cultural and media studies are now well-established as important academic disciplines and are inspiring new research into a wide range of pertinent issues. This series presents outstanding research in these subjects, helping to shape the direction of future inquiry.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Horror & Supernatural
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies