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Maisha Wester and Xavier Aldana Reyes

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474440929

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440929.001.0001

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Neoliberal Gothic

Neoliberal Gothic

(p.60) Chapter 4 Neoliberal Gothic
Twenty-First-Century Gothic

Linnie Blake

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter engages with the geopolitical context of the Gothic’s migration from the periphery to the fast-beating heart of popular culture – specifically the rise to economic and cultural predominance of global neoliberalism. I contend that the Gothic texts of the neoliberal age can be seen to undertake the same kind of cultural work that was carried out by the Gothic mode in earlier periods of socio-economic turbulence. And, as in earlier periods, we can see a variety of ideological allegiances at play in Gothic texts of the neoliberal age – ranging from the revolutionary to the radical to the downright reactionary. The chapter ranges across texts and media including novels – i.e. Justin Cronin’s The Passage (2010), Hemlock Grove (2013–15), The Strain (2012–17), True Blood (2008–14), World War Z (2006) and In the Flesh (2013–14).

Keywords:   neoliberalism, politics, vampires, zombies, economy, corporations, geopolitics, contemporary literature, globalisation

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