21st Century Gothic, ed. Danel Olson

Posted by Glennis Byron on October 16, 2010 in News tagged with ,

A sneak preview of the final Table of Contents for Danel Olson’s 21st Century Gothic, forthcoming from Scarecrow in December 2010.


Foreword xi

S. T. Joshi

Introduction xxi

Danel Olson

1 From Asperger’s Syndrome to Monosexual Reproduction: Stefan Brijs’s The Angel Maker and its Transformations of Frankenstein 1

Jerrold E. Hogle

2 The Sleep of Reason: Gothic Themes in Banquet for the Damned by Adam L. G. Nevill 14

James Marriott

3 Beasts: Joyce Carol Oates and the Art of the Grotesque 21

Peter Bell

4 The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood as a Modern “Bluebeard” 32

Karen F. Stein

5 Death and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 42

Steve Rasnic Tem

6 Cinematic Femme Fatales and Weimar Germany in Elizabeth Hand’s The Bride of Frankenstein: Pandora’s Bride 50

Marie Mulvey-Roberts

7 Ghosts in a Mirror: Tabitha King and Michael McDowell’s Candles Burning 60

Nancy A. Collins

8 Repositioning the Bodies: Peter Ackroyd’s The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein and Other Monstrous Retellings 72

Judith Wilt

9 Marvels and Horrors: Terry Dowling’s Clowns at Midnight 84

Leigh Blackmore

10 What We Hide Within Us: Thoughts on Albert Sánchez Piñol’s Cold Skin 98

Brian J. Showers

11 Michel Faber, Feminism, and the Neo-Gothic Novel: The Crimson Petal and the White 111

Mary Ellen Snodgrass

12 Shedding Light on the Gothic: Peter Straub’s A Dark Matter 124

Brian Evenson

13 Gothic Western Epic Fantasy: Encompassing Stephen King’s Dark Tower Series 135

Tony Magistrale

14 Wonder and Awe: Mysticism, Poetry, and Perception in Ramsey Campbell’s The Darkest Part of the Woods 149

Adam L. G. Nevill

15 Drac the Ripper: James Reese’s The Dracula Dossier, Consciousness Disorders, and Nineteenth-Century Terror 158

Katherine Ramsland

16 The New Southern Gothic: Cherie Priest’s Four and Twenty Blackbirds, Wings to the Kingdom, and Not Flesh Nor Feathers 171

Don D’Ammassa

17 Margot Livesey’s Eva Moves the Furniture: Shifting the House of Gothic 182

Tunku Halim

18 Fatal Women and Their Stratagems: Tanith Lee Writing as Esther Garber 195

Mavis Haut

19 A Monster Sensation: Victorian Traditions Celebrated and Subverted in Sarah Waters’s Fingersmith 206

Lisa Tuttle

20 Fairy Goth-Mothers: Maternal Wish Fulfillment in Kate Morton’s The Forgotten Garden 215

Walter Rankin

21 In Praise of She Wolves: The Native American Eco-Gothic of Louise Erdrich’s Four Souls 226

Danel Olson

22 Andrew Davidson’s The Gargoyle: Canadian Gothic 242

Karen Budra

23 The Perils of Reading: The Gothic Elements of John Harwood’s The Ghost Writer 250

James Doig

24 Making Fish Out of Men: Gothic Uncertainty in Gould’s Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan 258

Robert Hood

25 Raised By the Dead: The Maturational Gothic of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book 269

Richard Bleiler

26 Death Comes in the Mail: The Relentless Malevolence of Joe Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box 279

Darrell Schweitzer

27 Vlad Lives! The Ultimate Gothic Revenge in Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian 285

Danel Olson

28 Gothic New York in James Lasdun’s The Horned Man 302

Nicholas Royle

29 Economies of Leave-Taking in Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves 308

Laurence A. Rickels

30 Dread and Decorum in Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell 319

Douglass H. Thomson

31 Renovation is Hell, and Other Gothic Truths Deep Inside: Jennifer Egan’s The Keep 327

Danel Olson

32 Nancy Drew Goes Gothic? The Little Friend by Donna Tartt 342

Lucy Taylor

33 The Tyranny of Time and Identity: Overcoming the Past in Gregory Maguire’s Lost 353

Jason Colavito

34 “And That Was the Reason I Perished”: Trauma’s Transformative

Potential in Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones 362

August Tarrier

35 Deadly Words: The Gothic Slumber Song of Chuck Palahniuk’s Lullaby 372

Sue Zlosnik

36 His Dark Materials: Gothic Resurrections and Insurrections in Patrick McGrath’s Martha Peake 385

Carol Margaret Davison

37 The Vigilante in Michael Cox’s The Meaning of Night: A Confession 397

Heather L. Duda

38 London Demons: Cursed, Trapped, and Haunted in William Heaney’s (Graham Joyce’s) Memoirs of a Master Forger 410

K. A. Laity

39 Haunting Voices, Haunted Text: Toni Morrison’s A Mercy 418

Ruth Bienstock Anolik

40 Borderline Gothic: Phil Rickman and the Merrily Watkins Series 432

John Whitbourn

41 Narrative and Regeneration: The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff 445

Graham Joyce

42 Educating Kathy: Clones and Other Creatures in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go 453

Glennis Byron and Linda Ogston

43 Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men: Western Gothic 465

Deborah Biancotti

44 Jeffrey Ford’s The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque: A Picturesque Terror 477

Charles Tan

45 Gothic Maternity: The Pumpkin Child by Nancy A. Collins 486

Karin Beeler

46 Natsuo Kirino’s Real World: Murder and the Grotesque through Teenage Eyes 496

Edward P. Crandall

47 The Longest Gothic Goodbye in the World: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events 506

Danel Olson

48 A Labyrinth of Mirrors: Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s The Shadow of the Wind 527

Romana Cortese and James Cortese

49 An Icy Allegory of Cultural Survival: Gothic Themes in Dan Simmons’s The Terror 539

Van Piercy

50 Are They All Horrid? Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale and the Validity of Gothic Fiction 552

Reggie Oliver

51 Snakes, Bulls, and the Preoccupations of History: Alan Garner’s Thursbitch 563

David Punter

52 Gothic, Romantic, or Just Sadomasochistic? Gender and Manipulation in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga 573

June Pulliam

53 Shaggy Dog Stories: Jonathan Carroll’s White Apples as Unconventional Afterlife Fantasy 584

Bernice M. Murphy

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