Colloques & Conferences de l'Universite Lyon 2, "Rewriting / Reprising" - La reprise en litterature

Parody and displacement of the Gothic in Patrick McGrath's work

Jocelin Dupont

Dernière modification: 2007-06-26


The growing interest in intertextual studies since the 1970s as well as the development of metafictional literature in our so-called postmodern era today seems to have made the second degree of literature at least as essential as the first, if not more. And if ?haunting is the form of all textuality?[1], as David Punter suggests, then it will come as no surprise that one of the literary genres most likely to be re-written is the one where ghosts dwelt in the first place, namely in gothic literature. Such could be, in a nutshell, a contextual account of the genesis of the literary movement known as ?The New Gothic', which emerged in the late 1980s and early 1990s and includes writers such as Angela Carter, John Hawkes Joyce Carol Oates and Patrick McGrath. Although gothic literature has been an object of highly respectable academic interest for some time, little has been published about its postmodern offspring. It is fairly obvious, however, that there would be no such thing as the ?New Gothic' had there not been an ?old gothic' to start with, the former stemming from a rewriting of certain aspects the latter.

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