The gothic, particularly in its contemporary incarnations, is often constructed around largely disembodied concepts such as spectrality or the haunted. Body Gothic offers a counter-narrative that reinstates the importance of viscerality to the gothic mode. It argues that contemporary discourses surrounding our bodies are crucial to our understanding of the social messages in fictional mutilation and of the pleasures we may derive from it. This book considers a number of literary and cinematic movements that have, over the past three decades, purposely turned the body into a meaningful gothic topos. Each chapter in Body Gothic is dedicated to a different corporeal subgenre: splatterpunk, body horror, the new avant-pulp, the slaughterhouse novel, torture porn and surgical horror are all covered in its pages. Close readings of key texts by Clive Barker, Richard Laymon, Joseph D'Lacey, Matthew Stokoe, Tony White or Stanley Manly are provided alongside in-depth analyses of landmark films such as Re-Animator (1985), The Fly (1986), Saw (2004), Hostel (2005), The Human Centipede (2011) and American Mary (2012).ContentsIntroduction: From Gothic Bodies to Body GothicChapter 1 - SplatterpunkChapter 2 - Body HorrorChapter 3 - The New Avant-PulpChapter 4 - The Slaughterhouse NovelChapter 5 - Torture PornChapter 6 - Surgical HorrorConclusion: The Gothic and the BodyNotesWorks CitedFilmography
Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes is a Senior Lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University. His work has appeared in international peer-reviewed journals such as Gothic Studies, Horror Studies and The Bulletin of Hispanic Studies.
Introduction: From Gothic Bodies to Body Gothic Chapter 1 - Splatterpunk Chapter 2 - Body Horror Chapter 3 - The New Avant-Pulp Chapter 4 - The Slaughterhouse Novel Chapter 5 - Torture Porn Chapter 6 - Surgical Horror Conclusion: The Gothic and the Body Notes Works Cited Filmography