Demons of the Body and Mind

Essays on Disability in Gothic Literature

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About the Book

The Gothic mode, typically preoccupied by questions of difference and otherness, consistently imagines the Other as a source of grotesque horror. The sixteen critical essays in this collection examine the ways in which those suffering from mental and physical ailments are refigured as Other, and how they are imagined to be monstrous. Together, the essays highlight the Gothic inclination to represent all ailments as visibly monstrous, even those, such as mental illness, which were invisible. Paradoxically, the Other also becomes a pitiful figure, often evoking empathy. This exploration of illness and disability represents a strong addition to Gothic studies.

About the Author(s)

Ruth Bienstock Anolik teaches at Villanova University and writes extensively on the Gothic mode. Her articles have been published in Modern Language Studies, Studies in Jewish Literature,, and other journals and collections.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Ruth Bienstock Anolik
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 244
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3322-3
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5748-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Introduction: Diagnosing Demons: Creating and Disabling the Discourse of Difference in the Gothic Text

RUTH BIENSTOCK ANOLIK      1

PART I: MONSTROUS DEFORMITY: THE HORRIFYING SPECTACLE OF DIFFERENCE

A Space, a Place: Visions of a Disabled Community in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and The Last Man

PAUL MARCHBANKS      21

“Colossal Vices” and “Terrible Deformities” in George Lippard’s Gothic Nightmare

CYNTHIA HALL      35

Ominous Signs or False Clues? Difference and Deformity in Wilkie Collins’s Sensation Novels

TAMARA S. WAGNER      47

The Dangerous Mr. Casaubon: Gothic Husband and Gothic Monster in Middlemarch

ELIZABETH HALE      61

Folk Medicine, Cunning-Men and Superstition in Thomas Hardy’s “The Withered Arm”

SIMON J. WHITE      68

Lucas Malet’s Subversive Late-Gothic: Humanizing the Monster in The History of Sir Richard Calmady

CATHERINE DELYFER      80

Encounters with the Monster: Self-Haunting in Virginia Woolf ’s “Street Haunting”

TARA SURRY      97

PART II. VISIBLE SPECTERS: HORRIFYING REPRESENTATIONS OF INVISIBLE PATHOLOGY

Revising Ophelia: Representing Madwomen in Baillie’s Orra and Witchcraft

MELISSA WEHLER      110

The Case of the Malnourished Vampyre: The Perils of Passion in John Cleland’s Memoirs of a Coxcomb

CAROLYN D. WILLIAMS      119

“The Monster Vice”: Masturbation, Malady, and Monstrosity in Frankenstein

CHRISTINE M. CROCKETT      129

Invasion and Contagion: The Spectacle of the Diseased Indian in Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death”

RUTH BIENSTOCK ANOLIK      142

Knights of the Seal: Mad Doctors and Maniacs in A.J.H. Duganne’s Romance of Reform

LISA M. HERMSEN      157

“The Secret of My Mother’s Madness”: Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Gothic Instability

CARLA T. KUNGL      170

“Don’t Look Now”: Disguised Danger and Disabled Women in Daphne du Maurier’s Macabre Tales

MARIA PURVES      181

Deviled Eggs: Teratogenesis and the Gynecological Gothic in the Cinema of Monstrous Birth

ANDREW SCAHILL      197

“Journeys into Lands of Silence”: The Wasp Factory and Mental Disorder

MARTYN COLEBROOK      217

Contributors      227

Index      231

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