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Gothic Literary Studies: Anxiety and Creative Dissent in the Post-apartheid Imagination and Beyond. South African Gothic

Gothic Literary Studies: Anxiety and Creative Dissent in the Post-apartheid Imagination and Beyond. South African Gothic

Duncan, Rebecca, author

The term `Gothic' has rarely been brought to bear on contemporary South African fictions, appearing too fanciful for the often overtly political writing of apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. As the first book-length exploration of Gothic impulses in South African literature, this volume accounts for the Gothic currents that run through South African imaginaries from the late-nineteenth century onwards. South African Gothic identifies an intensification in Gothic production that begins with the nascent decline of the apartheid state, and relates this to real anxieties that arise with the unfolding of social and political change. In the context of a South Africa unmaking and reshaping itself, Gothic emerges as a language for long-suppressed histories of violence, and for ongoing experiences at odds with utopian images of the new democracy. Its function is interrogative and ultimately creative: South African Gothic challenges narrow conceptions of the status quo to drive at alternative, less exclusionary visions

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Published Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2018
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Statement of responsibility: Rebecca Duncan
ISBN: 178683247X, 9781786832474
Physical Description: 1 online resource
Subject: Gothic; Literary studies: general; Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers; Literary studies: post-colonial literature; Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900; Romanticism; Literature
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.


  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Chapter 1 Introduction: South African Gothic, Heterotopia and Dissent Chapter 2 The Pastoral Unconscious: Gothic and Interregnum in Late-Apartheid Fiction Chapter 3 Writing Phantoms: Gothic Mourning in the Time of Transition Chapter 4 Liberation/Neoliberalism: South African Horror after the Millennium Chapter 5 Coda: Towards Creative Dissent
  3. Notes Works Cited