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Gothic Metamorphoses across the Centuries

Contexts, Legacies, Media

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Edited By Maurizio Ascari, Serena Baiesi and David Levente Palatinus

This collection of essays brings together an international team of scholars with the aim to shed new light on various interconnected aspects of the Gothic through the lens of converging critical and methodological approaches. With its wide-ranging interdisciplinary perspective, the book explores the domains of literary, pictorial, filmic, televisual and popular cultural texts in English from the eighteenth century to the present day. Within these pages, the Gothic is discussed as a dynamic form that exceeds the concept of literary genre, proving able to renovate and adapt through constant processes of hybridisation. Investigating the hypothesis that the Gothic returns in times of cultural crisis, this study maps out transgressive and experimental modes conducive to alternative experiences of the intricacies of the human (and post-human) condition.

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Maurizio Ascari teaches English Literature at the University of Bologna (Italy). His publications include books and essays on crime fiction, transcultural literature and interart exchanges. He has also edited and translated works by Henry James, Katherine Mansfield, William Faulkner, Jack London and William Wilkie Collins.

Serena Baiesi is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Bologna where she teaches British Romanticism. She is a member of the Inter-university Centre for the Study of Romanticism (CISR). Her research interests and publications are related to Romantic poetry, gothic novels and romance, Romantic theatre and drama, Jane Austen and popular culture, and slavery literature. She also published on Victorian consumer literature, and the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

David Levente Palatinus is Senior Assistant Professor in Digital Media and Cultural Studies and founder of the Anthropocene Media Lab at the University of Ruzomberok. He has written on violence in serial culture, medicine and autopsy, and human-nonhuman relations in the Anthropocene.

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