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Limits of Horror: Technology, Bodies, Gothic by Fred Botting

Posted: Monday 28 Nov 2011
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Horror isn’t what it used to be. Nor are its Gothic avatars. The meaning of monsters, vampires and ghosts has changed significantly over the last two hundred years, as have the mechanisms (from fiction to fantasmagoria, film and video games) through which they are produced and consumed. Limits of horror, moving from gothic to cybergothic, through technological modernity and across a range of literary, cinematic and popular cultural texts, critically examines these changes and the questions they pose for understanding contemporary culture and subjectivity.

Re-examining key concepts such as the uncanny, the sublime, terror, shock and abjection in terms of their bodily and technological implications, this book advances current critical and theoretical debates on Gothic horror to propose a new theory of cultural production based on an extensive discussion of Freud’s idea of the death drive.

Introduction: Horror now and then
1. Daddy’s dead
1.1 Gun of the father
1.2 Beyond the paternal principle
1.3 Gothic times
1.4 Candygothic
2. Tech noir
2.1 Doom with a view
2.2 Gothic shocks
2.3 Reading machines
2.4 Phantasmagoria
2.5 The small scream
3. Dark bodies
3.1 An-aesthetics
3.2 Horreality
3.3 Black holes
4. Beyond the Gothic principle
4.1 A child’s game
4.2 Go-o-o-othic
4.3 Dark precursor
4.4 To infinity and beyond

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The Daily Mail and the Stephen Lawrence Murder by Brian Cathcart

Thursday 02 Nov 2017
Posted in Thoughtpiece

Read Brain Cathcart's article in Political Quarterly here The Daily Mail's coverage of the 1993 race murder of Stephen Lawrence has been held up as...