The American Imperial Gothic

Revealing the ways in which images of destruction and social upheaval both query the violence with which the US has asserted itself locally and globally, and feed the longing for stable imperial structures, this book will be of interest to ...

The American Imperial Gothic

The imagination of the early twenty-first century is catastrophic, with Hollywood blockbusters, novels, computer games, popular music, art and even political speeches all depicting a world consumed by vampires, zombies, meteors, aliens from outer space, disease, crazed terrorists and mad scientists. These frequently gothic descriptions of the apocalypse not only commodify fear itself; they articulate and even help produce imperialism. Building on, and often retelling, the British ’imperial gothic’ of the late nineteenth century, the American imperial gothic is obsessed with race, gender, degeneration and invasion, with the destruction of society, the collapse of modernity and the disintegration of capitalism. Drawing on a rich array of texts from a long history of the gothic, this book contends that the doom faced by the world in popular culture is related to the current global instability, renegotiation of worldwide power and the American bid for hegemony that goes back to the beginning of the Republic and which have given shape to the first decade of the millennium. From the frontier gothic of Charles Brockden Brown's Edgar Huntly to the apocalyptic torture porn of Eli Roth's Hostel, the American imperial gothic dramatises the desires and anxieties of empire. Revealing the ways in which images of destruction and social upheaval both query the violence with which the US has asserted itself locally and globally, and feed the longing for stable imperial structures, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of popular culture, cultural and media studies, literary and visual studies and sociology.

The American Imperial Gothic

It refers to these narratives as the American imperial gothic and notes that this form of culture has been especially prevalent and eloquent during periods of US imperial crisis. The study notes how certain tropes and imagery ...

The American Imperial Gothic

The imagination of the early twenty-first century is catastrophic, with Hollywood blockbusters, novels, computer games, popular music, art and even political speeches all depicting a world consumed by vampires, zombies, meteors, aliens from outer space, disease, crazed terrorists and mad scientists. These frequently gothic descriptions of the apocalypse not only commodify fear itself; they articulate and even help produce imperialism. Building on, and often retelling, the British ’imperial gothic’ of the late nineteenth century, the American imperial gothic is obsessed with race, gender, degeneration and invasion, with the destruction of society, the collapse of modernity and the disintegration of capitalism. Drawing on a rich array of texts from a long history of the gothic, this book contends that the doom faced by the world in popular culture is related to the current global instability, renegotiation of worldwide power and the American bid for hegemony that goes back to the beginning of the Republic and which have given shape to the first decade of the millennium. From the frontier gothic of Charles Brockden Brown's Edgar Huntly to the apocalyptic torture porn of Eli Roth's Hostel, the American imperial gothic dramatises the desires and anxieties of empire. Revealing the ways in which images of destruction and social upheaval both query the violence with which the US has asserted itself locally and globally, and feed the longing for stable imperial structures, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of popular culture, cultural and media studies, literary and visual studies and sociology.

Haunted Europe

Adapting Brantlinger's idea of imperial Gothic in The American Imperial Gothic: Popular Culture, Empire, Violence, Johan Höglund (2014) investigates American gothic narratives which “accompanied and mapped the development of the ...

Haunted Europe

Haunted Europe offers the first comprehensive account of the British and Irish fascination with a Gothic vision of continental Europe, tracing its effect on British intellectual life from the birth of the Gothic novel, to the eve of Brexit, and the symbolic recalibration of the UK’s relationship to mainland Europe. By focusing on the development of the relationship between Britain and Ireland and continental Europe over more than two-hundred years, this collection marks an important departure from standard literary critical narratives, which have tended to focus on a narrow time-period and have missed continuities and discontinuities in our ongoing relationship with the mainland.

Tropical Gothic in Literature and Culture

This is significant because, while the Southern Gothic in the US has been thoroughly explored, there is a gap in the critical literature about the Gothic in the larger context of region of ‘the South’ in the Americas.

Tropical Gothic in Literature and Culture

Tropical Gothic examines Gothic within a specific geographical area of ‘the South’ of the Americas. In so doing, we structure the book around geographical coordinates (from North to South) and move between various national traditions of the gothic (Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, etc) alongside regional manifestations of the Gothic (the US south and the Caribbean) as well as transnational movements of the Gothic within the Americas. The reflections on national traditions of the Gothic in this volume add to the critical body of literature on specific languages or particular nations, such as Scottish Gothic, American Gothic, Canadian Gothic, German Gothic, Kiwi Gothic, etc. This is significant because, while the Southern Gothic in the US has been thoroughly explored, there is a gap in the critical literature about the Gothic in the larger context of region of ‘the South’ in the Americas. This volume does not pretend to be a comprehensive examination of tropical Gothic in the Americas; rather, it pinpoints a variety of locations where this form of the Gothic emerges. In so doing, the transnational interventions of the Gothic in this book read the flows of Gothic forms across borders and geographical regions to tease out the complexities of Gothic cultural production within cultural and linguistic translations. Tropical Gothic includes, but is by no means limited to, a reflection on a region where European colonial powers fought intensively against indigenous populations and against each other for control of land and resources. In other cases, the vast populations of African slaves were transported, endowing these regions with a cultural inheritance that all the nations involved are still trying to comprehend. The volume reflects on how these histories influence the Gothic in this region.

Memory Haunting Discourse

In a recent article Boot claims that “ U.S. imperialism has been the greatest force for good in the world during the past ... imperial anxieties through its constructions of the colonies and the Oriental , the American Gothic film feeds ...

Memory  Haunting  Discourse


Gothic and Modernism

Gothic . London : Routledge , 1996 . Brantlinger , Patrick . " Imperial Gothic : Atavism and the Occult in the British Adventure Novel , 1880-1914 . " English Literature in Transition 28 : 3 ( 1985 ) : 245-52 . Cawelti , John .

Gothic and Modernism

Establishes and interprets the significant presence and the transformations of the Gothic tradition at the dark heart of writing during the long twentieth century. This work reveals challenges to both realism and to optimistic Enlightenment attitudes in the narratives and the styles of writers ranging from Oscar Wilde to Samuel Beckett.

The American Scholar

GEORGE THE MEANING OF MACHINES AS WASHINGTON THE NUCLEAR THE MEASURE OF The Making of an American REVOLUTION MEN ... the psychotic can ' Imperial Gothic ' of fantasy fiction . nomic , phenomenon whose be described in political terms .

The American Scholar


The American Architect and Building News

We apprehend something English version just as truly as there is English Gothic , and this Engmore monumental than this is wanted . ... Again , in spite of its being evi- way is an embodiment of the Imperial idea .

The American Architect and Building News


The American Imperialist Elite a Study in the Concept of National Efficiency

Imperial Germany , with its unmatched military , economic , and governmental efficiency , had caused a great shift in the world ... he professed to having experienced great emotional satisfaction from contemplating Gothic architecture .

The American Imperialist Elite  a Study in the Concept of National Efficiency


Le Gothic

In the second half of his essay , Punter explores the complex relations between the phantom , the relic , the museum , the nature of collecting , archival narratives and what is now known as “ imperial Gothic ' .

Le Gothic

This new collection of essays by major scholars in the field looks at the ways in which cross-fertilization has taken place in Gothic writing from France, Germany, Britain and America over the last 200 years, and argues that Gothic writing reflects international exchanges in theme and form.

Publications of the Modern Language Association of America

WORKS CITED NOTES Brantlinger , Patrick . “ Imperial Gothic : Atavism and the Occult in the British Adventure Novel , 1880-1914 . ” Rule of Darkness : British Literature and Imperialism . Ithaca : Cornell UP , 1988. 227-53 .

Publications of the Modern Language Association of America


The Imperial Archive

a The Imperial Archive is in effect a working back from our own + world , a world in which armies fund universities , corporations run laboratories , banks sponsor the arts . Power now draws its breath from knowledge , and knowledge ...

The Imperial Archive

Argues that by meeting the vast administrative challenge of the British Empire - thorough maps and surveys, censuses and statistics - Victorian administrators developed a new symbiosis of knowledge and power. The book draws on works by Rudyard Kipling, H.G. Wells and Bram Stoker.

Narrating Slavery

Foreign Bodies Critics such as Donald A. Ringe traditionally chart the waning of the American gothic after the mid - nineteenth ... at the turn of the century , the primary fictional form for representing imperial adventures abroad .

Narrating Slavery


Campbell s Illustrated History of the World s Columbian Exposition

Its cover is composed of the finest meershaum , and is colored a beautiful lemon gold . Its form is that of an imperial gothic The lowest ring contains thirteen ornamental stones , surrounded by arabesque designs .

Campbell s Illustrated History of the World s Columbian Exposition


The History of Gothic Fiction

Ackermann , Hans - W . , and Jeanine Gauthier , ' The Ways and Nature of the Zombi ' , Journal of American Folklore ... Brantlinger , Patrick , ' Imperial Gothic : Atavism and the Occult in the British Adventure Novel , 1880-1914 ' ...

The History of Gothic Fiction

"Written with an undergraduate audience in mind, this text offers a synthesis of the main topics of Gothic interest and clearly argued summaries of critical debate. It signals its difference from recent psychoanalytic readings of Gothic and argues instead for a more complex, multilayered approach via an historicist reading of gothic fiction. Illustrated with ten black and white plates and including an up-to-date bibliography, this will be an ideal text for all those with an interest in the Gothic."--BOOK JACKET.

The American Cyclop dia

Ulfilas's Bible was in con- the natural history and antiquities of America , stant use among the Gothic peoples so long as and ... His works include Gregor von aspect of most former imperial cities , and conNazianz ( Darmstadt , 1825 ) ...

The American Cyclop  dia


Imperial Subjects Imperial Space

... lovely gypsy and upstart mistress of the Maharajah , who is anxious either to kill or marry the meddlesome American . ... In his study of the " imperial Gothic , ” Patrick Brantlinger identifies three aspects that characterize that ...

Imperial Subjects  Imperial Space

Why was Rudyard Kipling so drawn in his fiction to the figure of the foreign-born Briton--what Kipling called the "native-born"? The answer lies in McBratney's "Imperial Subjects, Imperial Space, the first full-length study of a figure central to Kipling's major imperial fiction: the "native-born." In these narratives Kipling sees the native-born fulfilling two important roles: model imperial servant and ideal imperial citizen. The special abilities that allow the native-born to play these roles derive from his identity as neither exclusively British nor simply "native." This study also provides the most thorough analysis of that figure's hybrid, "casteless" selfhood in relation to shifting attitudes toward racial identity during Britain's "New Imperialism." In its endeavor to place the liminal subject within a particular moment in British discourses about race and nation, this book illuminates both the complexities of subject construction in the late Victorian and Edwardian periods and the struggles today over identity formation in the postcolonial world.

The American Cyclopaedia

Ulfilas's Bible was in con- the natural history and antiquities of America , stant use among the Gothic peoples so long as and ... His works include Gregor von aspect of most former imperial cities , and conNazianz ( Darmstadt , 1825 ) ...

The American Cyclopaedia


Campbell s Illustrated Monthly

Its form is that of an imperial gothic Spirit . Beneath this is the church of St. Peter other point that should not be overlooked , also crown . The lowest ring contains thirteen or- founded on a rock . This represents the " Com- the ...

Campbell s Illustrated Monthly


After History

This interplay seems more important than the interpretation of the myth as the general power of America's history . ... emphasis on the integrating power of American myth , Fay Ringel's " Medievalism , Imperialism and American Gothic ...

After History