Body Gothic

Corporeal Transgression in Contemporary Literature and Horror Film

Xavier Aldana Reyes

Body Gothic

Xavier Aldana Reyes

Distributed for University of Wales Press

252 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2014
Cloth $88.00 ISBN: 9781783160921 Published December 2014 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
E-book $160.00 ISBN: 9781783160938 Will Publish October 2019 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Ever since horror became wildly popular in the 1970s, journalists have warned against the dangers of increasingly explicit forms of violent entertainment. Xavier Aldana Reyes takes a different stance in Body Gothic, celebrating the transgressive qualities of this genre. Reyes considers relevant popular literary and filmic movements of the past three decades and reads them as updates in a long gothic tradition that goes back to the eighteenth century. Body Gothic contains case studies of key texts in splatterpunk, body horror, the new avant-pulp, the slaughterhouse novel, torture porn, and surgical horror.


Introduction: From Gothic Bodies to Body Gothic

1. Splatterpunk

2. Body Horror

3. The New Avant-pulp

4. The Slaughterhouse Novel

5. Torture Porn

6. Surgical Horror

Conclusion: Corporeal Readings


Works Cited



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