Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature

Gothic Animals

Uncanny Otherness and the Animal With-Out

Editors: Heholt, Ruth, Edmundson, Melissa (Eds.)

Free Preview
  • Begins with the assumption that the presence of non-human creatures causes an always-already uncanny rift in human assumptions about reality
  • Explores the dark side of animal nature and the ‘otherness’ of animals as viewed by humans
  • Takes the Gothic genre into new territory
  • Is not about the ‘animal within’ but rather the animal ‘with-out’
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook $44.99
$89.00 (listprice)
price for USA
valid through December 31, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-34540-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $59.99
$119.99 (listprice)
price for USA
valid through December 31, 2020
About this book

This book begins with the assumption that the presence of non-human creatures causes an always-already uncanny rift in human assumptions about reality. Exploring the dark side of animal nature and the ‘otherness’ of animals as viewed by humans, and employing cutting-edge theory on non-human animals, eco-criticism, literary and cultural theory, this book takes the Gothic genre into new territory.

After the dissemination of Darwin’s theories of evolution, nineteenth-century fiction quickly picked up on the idea of the ‘animal within’. Here, the fear explored was of an unruly, defiant, degenerate and entirely amoral animality lying (mostly) dormant within all of us. However, non-humans and humans have other sorts of encounters, too, and even before Darwin, humans have often had an uneasy relationship with animals, which, as Donna Haraway puts it, have a way of ‘looking back’ at us. In this book, the focus is not on the ‘animal within’ but rather on the animal ‘with-out’: other and entirely incomprehensible.

About the authors

Ruth Heholt is a senior lecturer in English at Falmouth University. She has published widely on the topics of the Gothic, crime, gender and the supernatural. She is currently completing a monograph on the Victorian writer Catherine Crowe and is editor of the journal Revenant: Critical and Creative Studies of the Supernatural.

Melissa Edmundson is a lecturer in English at Clemson University and specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century women writers and supernatural fiction. She is the author of Women’s Ghost Literature in Nineteenth-Century Britain (University of Wales Press, 2013) and Women’s Colonial Gothic Writing, 1850-1930: Haunted Empire (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-17

    Heholt, Ruth (et al.)

  • ‘Like a Madd Dogge’: Demonic Animals and Animal Demoniacs in Early Modern English Possession Narratives

    Pages 21-39

    Walsh, Brendan C.

  • ‘Most Hideous of Gaolers’: The Spider in Ernest G. Henham’s Tenebrae

    Pages 41-55

    Grant, Paul Benedict

  • Devouring the Animal Within: Uncanny Otherness in Richard Adams’s The Plague Dogs

    Pages 57-74

    Höing, Anja

  • Hunted, Now Haunting: The Thylacine as a Gothic Symbol in Julia Leigh’s The Hunter

    Pages 75-90

    Philp, Alex

Buy this book

eBook $44.99
$89.00 (listprice)
price for USA
valid through December 31, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-34540-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $59.99
$119.99 (listprice)
price for USA
valid through December 31, 2020

Services for this book

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gothic Animals
Book Subtitle
Uncanny Otherness and the Animal With-Out
Editors
  • Ruth Heholt
  • Melissa Edmundson
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-34540-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-34540-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-34539-6
Series ISSN
2634-6338
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 310
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
Topics