The spectre and the stage: reading and ethics at the intersection of psychoanalysis, the neo-Victorian, and the gothic

Gildersleeve, Jessica (2013) The spectre and the stage: reading and ethics at the intersection of psychoanalysis, the neo-Victorian, and the gothic. Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies, 18 (3). pp. 99-108.

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Abstract

A popular critical debate in recent years has concerned the significance of spectrality in neo-Victorian fiction. With reference to Freud, Derrida, and a range of neo-Victorian authors, this essay argues that the emphasis on the ways in which the past returns to haunt in the neo-Victorian permits a reading of the psychoanalytic discourse of trauma as a mode of neo-Victorian Gothic writing. By recognising the similarities between these two 'genres', we see how we might use neo-Victorian fiction as a model for developing trauma theory and understanding the ethics of representing traumatic memory and history.


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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2013 01:15
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2014 00:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: neo-Victorian; psychoanalysis; gothic; ethics in literature
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200526 Stylistics and Textual Analysis
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200525 Literary Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24308

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