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Historicising the Gothic Other

Barbara Braid

The following review discusses the recent book by Marie Mulvey-Roberts,
Dangerous Bodies: Historicising the Gothic Corporeal (Manchester UP, 2016), which
offers a historical perspective on gothic literary and cultural texts. In the book,
Mulvey-Roberts examines how gothic fiction represents the bodies of the Other
– the Catholic, the slave, the woman, the Jew, and so on – on which the history
cannibalistically feeds itself; a meticulous historical research allows her to shed
new light on both canonical as well as more marginal gothic texts. This review offers
an overview and a brief comment on this significant addition to gothic studies.

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