Young Adult Gothic Fiction: Monstrous Selves/Monstrous Others

Michelle Smith (Editor), Kristine Moruzi (Editor)

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This collection is the first to focus exclusively on twenty-first-century young adult Gothic fiction. The essays demonstrate how the contemporary resurgence of the Gothic signals anxieties about (and hopes for) young people in the twenty-first century. Changing conceptions of young adults as liminal figures, operating between the modes of child and adult, can be mobilised when combined with Gothic spaces and concepts in texts for young people. In young adult Gothic literature, the crossing of boundaries typical of the Gothic is often motivated by a heterosexual romance plot, in which the human or monstrous female protagonist desires a boy who is not her ‘type’. Additionally, as the Gothic works to define what it means to be human – particularly in relation to gender, race, and identity – the volume also examines how contemporary shifts and flashpoints in identity politics are being negotiated under the metaphoric cloak of monstrosity.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWales UK
PublisherUniversity of Wales Press/Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru
Number of pages320
ISBN (Print)9781786837523
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameGothic Literary Studies

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