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All that Gothic


Edited By Agnieszka Lowczanin and Dorota Wisniewska

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the history, aesthetics and key themes of Gothic, the main issues and debates surrounding the genre along with the approaches and theories that have been applied to Gothic texts and films. The volume discusses a wide range of 18 th and 19 th century texts and moves into 20 th century literature and film. It explores the cultural resonances created by the genre and raises a variety of issues, including the ways in which Gothic monstrosity mimics same-sex desire and social transgression. The texts included in the volume argue that Gothic film and fiction animated the darker shadows of the dominant culture.
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Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf as a Modern Gothic Tale: A Cognitive Poetic Perspective


Krzysztof Kosecki

1. Introduction

Steppenwolf is often regarded as a novel with biographical elements. Harry Haller may be Hermann Hesse himself: on publication of the novel in 1927, Hesse was exactly 50 years old, hence, like Harry, a middle-aged man (Zybura 284). Haller’s painful experience may thus be read as a reflection of Hesse’s own middle-age crisis (Hesse 5). Another interpretation is that following separation with his wife, Ruth Wenger, Hesse stayed alone in Basel and in Zürich, and was unable to come to terms with his life (“Steppenwolf _(novel)”).

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