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Patrick McGrath and his Worlds

Madness and the Transnational Gothic, 1st Edition

Edited by Matt Foley, Rebecca Duncan


224 pages

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Following the publication of Ghost Town (2005), a complex, globally conscious genealogy of millennial Manhattan, McGrath’s transnational status as an English author resident in New York, his pointed manipulation of British and American contexts, and his clear apprehension of imperial legacies have all come into sharper focus. By bringing together readings cognisant of this transnational and historical sensitivity with those that build on existing studies of McGrath’s engagements with Gothic and madness, Patrick McGrath and his Worlds intends to shed new light on an author whose imagined realities reflect the anxieties, pathologies and power dynamics of our contemporary world order. McGrath’s fiction has been noted as parodic (The Grotesque, 1989), psychologically disturbing (Spider, 1990), and darkly sexual (Asylum, 1996). Throughout, his corpus is characterised by a preoccupation with madness and its institutions, and by a nuanced relationship to the Gothic. This collection opens up new theoretical perspectives on these concerns, moving conversations around McGrath’s work decisively forward. Drawing materials from McGrath’s new literary archive at University of Stirling, and offering the first sustained exploration of his fiction’s transnational and world-historical dimensions, it seeks to situate McGrath as a key voice in Anglophone letters in our millennial global moment.

Table of Contents

"Foreword" by (Emeritus) Professor Sue Zlosnik, Manchester Metropolitan University

"Introduction" by Dr Matt Foley and Dr Rebecca Duncan, University of Stirling

Section I: Theorizing McGrath

Chapter 1: Writing and Reading the Spider: McGrath’s Web -- Professor David Punter, University of Bristol

Chapter 2: ‘A Cell Without a Nucleus is a Ruin’: Vampiric Creations of the Unhealthy Disabled in Patrick McGrath’s "Blood Disease" -- Dr Alan Gregory, University of Lancaster

Chapter 3: Sanity, Society and Spider: Schizophrenia and the Gothic Self in McGrath’s Early Fiction --Ben Noad, University of Stirling

Section II: Transnational McGrath

Chapter 4: Martha Peake and the Madness of ‘Free Trade’ -- Dr Evert Jan van Leeuwen, University of Leiden

Chapter 5: Do You Hear What I Hear? Sound and Transnational Identity in Patrick McGrath’s Audio-Gothic --Danielle Hancock, University of East Anglia

Chapter 6: Mad Dogs and Englishmen: monstrosity, nationality, and subjectivity in the work of Patrick McGrath -- Evan Hayles Gledhill, University of Reading

Chapter 7: Revisiting the Spanish Civil War: An interview by Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes with Patrick McGrath

Section III: Millennial McGrath

Chapter 8: Beyond Therapy: Self-mythological and psychoanalytic failure in millennial McGrath -- Daniel Southward, University of Sheffield

Chapter 9: Memory and Healing in Patrick McGrath’s Trauma -- Professor Michela Vanon Alliata, University of Venice, Ca’Foscari

Chapter 10: The Liar, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: Discovering and Fighting Home-grown Fascism and Other Revenants in The Wardrobe Mistress -- Dr Danel Olson, Lone Star College, Texas

Chapter 11: An afterword by Patrick McGrath that will respond to the scholarly essays collected in this volume.

Appendix: A full bibliography of scholarly work published on McGrath’s writing.

About the Editors

Dr. Matt Foley is a Lecturer in English, University of Stirling.

Dr. Rebecca Duncan is a Professor of Literature at the University of Stirling.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LITERARY CRITICISM / Horror & Supernatural
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 21st Century