By Robert K. Martin, Eric Savoy
Drawing commonly on modern theory—particularly revisionist perspectives of Freud equivalent to these provided via Lacan and Kristeva—this quantity levels from the well known Gothic horrors of Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne to the preferred fantasies of Stephen King and the postmodern visions of Kathy Acker. exact consciousness is paid to the problems of slavery and race in either black and white texts, together with these by way of Ralph Ellison and William Faulkner. within the view of the editors and individuals, the Gothic isn't loads a old class as a style of inspiration haunted by way of background, part of suburban existence and the lifeblood of flicks reminiscent of The Exorcist and Fatal Attraction.
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The slipperi- l 46 FRAMING THE GOTHIC ness of gender as a mark of differenceis literalized in the figure of Buffalo Bill, who further intensifies the identificationbetween Clarice and Lecter. Bill plays Renfieldto Lecter’s Dracula, serving as a kind ofperverted double of an original perversion. To Lecter’s Dr. Jekyll, he is “ M r . If Lecter is a descendant of Victor Frankenstein, Bill “combines both Frankenstein and the monster; he is the scientist, the creator, and he is the body being formed, sculpted, stitched and fitted” (Halberstam 46).
In turn, since infantilization is another type of silencing, the discursive pleasures of spying and hiding function to exacerbate rather than toheal the wounds caused by repression. Foucault definesa second type of pleasure by contrasting the ars eroticaof India and China with the scientia senmnlis of modern Western culture. In the ars erotica, pleasure produces truth; in the scimztia senmalis, truth produces pleasure. Focusingon thescienti0 sensualis, Foucault maintains that we have “invented a different kind of pleasure: pleasure in the truth of pleasure, the pleasure of knowing that truth .
Raban, Jonathan. n New &kW, May 20, 1996,60-81. Ringe, Donald A. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 1982. Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. New York: Amo, 1980. Thomson, David. Rev. ed. London: AndrC Deutsch, I 994. Williams, Anne. Art of Darkness:A Poeticr of Gothic. Chicago: U of ChiCagO P,1995. WILLIAM VEEDER The Nurtureof the Gothic,or How Can a Text Be Both Popular and Subversive? What I want to do in this essay is offer a contribution to one of the longest ongoing enterprises in fiction studies-the attempt to define the natureof the gothicin literature.
American Gothic: New Interventions in a National Narrative by Robert K. Martin, Eric Savoy