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    The Contemporary London Gothic and the Limits of the Spectral Turn

    Luckhurst, Roger (2002) The Contemporary London Gothic and the Limits of the Spectral Turn. Textual Practice 16 (3), pp. 526-545. ISSN 0950-236X.

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    This essay explores the resurgence, in the 1980s and 1990s, of Gothic fictions based in London, a cycle of fictions that stretches from mainstream writers such as Peter Ackroyd to the popular fictions of the horror writers Christopher Fowler and Neil Gaiman and the avant-garde works of Iain Sinclair and Stewart Home. One of the most tempting ways to examine this resurgence is through the parallel theoretical turn to 'spectres' and 'spectrality', as developed by numerous literary critics in the wake of Jacques Derrida in Specters of Marx (1994). The essay questions the limits of invoking a generalized structure of 'haunted modernity'. Instead it argues that the contemporary London Gothic is the product of the mix of tyranny and farce that constitutes the history of democratic London governance - a context symptomatically ignored in recent 'spectral' accounts of the Gothic.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Gothic, Derrida, Deconstruction, Spectres, London
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Contemporary Literature, Centre for
    Depositing User: Roger Luckhurst
    Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 16:42
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:39


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