Neoliberal gothic

International gothic in the neoliberal age

Edited by Linnie Blake and Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet

Neoliberal gothic


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  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3946-7
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £21.00
  • Published Date: May 2019
  • BIC Category: The arts / Film, TV & radio, Literature & literary studies / General, Society & social sciences / Media studies, Society & social sciences / Cultural studies, Literature, Gothic, Capitalism, Liberalism & centre democratic ideologies, Media studies, Cultural studies, Biography, Literature & Literary studies, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, LITERARY CRITICISM / Gothic & Romance
  • Series: International Gothic Series


The explosion of interest in the gothic in recent years has coincided with a number of seismic political changes that have reshaped the world as we know it. Neoliberal Gothic explores that world, considering the ways in which the exponential increase in the cultural visibility of the gothic attests to the mode's engagement with the most significant dynamics of our age. These include the triumph of free market economics, the revolution in information and communication technologies, the emergence of global biotechnologies, the increasing power of transnational corporations, the US-led 'War on Terror' and the global financial crisis of 2008.

Through analysis of texts drawn from literature, film, television, theatre and the visual arts (from Europe to South East Asia, Africa to North and South America) the collection examines the ways in which the representational strategies of the gothic mode are ideally suited to an exploration of the dark side of neoliberal enterprise.


'This collection of essays is an indispensable addition to twenty-first-century criticism on the Gothic, a criticism that is showing an increasing interest in texts created worldwide.'
Journal of the fantastic in the arts


Introduction: neoliberal gothic - Linnie Blake and Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet
Part I: Neoliberal gothic monsters
1. Game of fangs: the vampire and neoliberal subjectivity - Aspasia Stephanou
2. Austerity bites: refiguring Dracula in a neoliberal age - Stephanie Genz
3. Staging spectrality: capitalising (on) ghosts in German postdramatic theatre - Barry Murnane
Part II: Biotechnologies, neoliberalism and the gothic
4. The return of the dismembered: representing organ trafficking in Asian cinemas - Katarzyna Ancuta
5. Catastrophic events and queer northern villages: zombie pharmacology In the Flesh - Linnie Blake
6. Gothic vulnerability: affect and ethics in fiction from neoliberal South Africa - Rebecca Duncan
Part III: The gothic home and neoliberalism
7. Market value: American Horror Story's housing crisis - Karen E. Macfarlane
8. Haunted by the ghost: from global economics to domestic anxiety in contemporary art practice - Tracy Fahey
Part IV: Crossing borders
9. Gothic meltdown: German nuclear cinema in neoliberal times - Steffen Hantke
10. Border gothic: Gregory Nava's Bordertown and the dark side of NAFTA - Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet


Linnie Blake is Head of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies, Pathway Leader for the MA English: Gothic Studies and Principal Lecturer in Film at Manchester Metropolitan University

Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet is Professor of American Literature at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Neoliberal gothic

Edited by Linnie Blake, Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet

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