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Peripheral Fear

Transformations of the Gothic in Canadian and Australian Fiction


Gerry Turcotte

This is a pioneering work published here for the first time in its complete form. At a time when Gothic studies still concentrated on traditional European and American Gothic, the author laid the foundations for the exploration of how Gothic conventions were transported and transformed in places remote from Europe.
Through a detailed reading of 19 th - and 20 th -century examples of Canadian and Australian Gothic fiction, this work demonstrates the transformative potential of a once much-maligned mode in what were arguably neglected national literatures.
Contents: Old World Gothic: Background and Sources – Theorizing Colonial Gothic – Gothic Influences to the First Novels – Three Nineteenth-Century Gothic Novels: Wacousta, His Natural Life and A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder – «Convicts to Australia - Bastards to Canada»: The Metaphysical Gothic of Patrick White and Robertson Davies – «Speaking the Formula of Abjection»: Hybrids and Gothic Discourses in Louis Nowra’s Novels – The Gothic and Sexuality: Marian Engel’s Bear and Elizabeth Jolley’s The Well – «A Shocking Bad Book To Be Sure, Sir»: The Gothic as Counter-Discursive Strategy in Margaret Atwood’s and Kate Grenville’s Fiction.