My paper proposes that women writing in the Gothic mode use the pathology of hysteria and the figure of the hysteric to explore body politics in two senses: firstly ‘the body politic’, that is the (female) body as a microcosm of society, culture or nation; secondly the (female) body as a political entity, inscribed by discourses such as those of science and medicine, but also resisting that inscription. I question how far these women writers appropriate the hysterical body as metaphor at the expense of individual experience, or whether more positive ideological interpretations are possible. I argue that hysteria has been constructed as a Gothic pathology, not just because the Gothic canon features many hysterical characters, but because the illness resembles many of the Gothic’s characteristics.
|Publication status||Unpublished - Jun 2016|
|Event|| Festival of Food & Research - University of Bristol|
Duration: 15 Jun 2016 → …
|Conference||Festival of Food & Research|
|Period||15/06/16 → …|