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Alien Nation: Nineteenth-Century Gothic Fictions and English Nationality (New Cultural Studies)by Cannon Schmitt
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Challenging the accepted view of Gothic literature as subversive, shows how the conventions of the genre gave shape to a sense of English nationality during the century when British imperial power was attaining its greatest reach. Examines the work of Ann Radcliffe, De Quincey, Charlotte Bronte, Matthew Arnold, Wilkie Collins, and Bram Stoker.
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Rife with sexuality, chaos, confusion, and terror, the Gothic has seemed to many of its recent readers to be a subversive genre, resisting enforced gender constructions or straitened notions of rationality, disinterring that which has been forbidden or repressed. In Alien Nation Cannon Schmitt moves away from these models of the genre to chart, instead, the ways in which Gothic fictions and conventions gave shape to a sense of English nationality during the century in which British imperial power was stretching out its greatest reach.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -214) and index.
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