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Twenty-First-Century GothicAn Edinburgh Companion$
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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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(p.174) Chapter 12 Ecogothic
Twenty-First-Century Gothic

Sharae Deckard

Edinburgh University Press

Reading Ecogothic depictions of nature from cultural traditions outside of Euro-America reveals how socio-ecological relations are inextricably bound up with hierarchies of race, class and gender, but also how environmental catastrophes intersect with wider geopolitical contexts such as imperialism. This chapter compares contemporary examples of ‘resource Gothic’ fictions that figure the socio-ecological violence of extractivism, plantation and ecological imperialism in postcolonial nations, including the sugar Gothic of Roger McTair’s ‘Just a Lark (or the Crypt of Matthew Ashdown)’ (2000), set in Jamaica, the oil Gothic of HelonHabila’sOil on Water (2010), set in Nigeria, and the toxic nuclear Gothic of Robert Barclay’s Meļaļ (2003), set in the Marshall Islands. It also examines Ecogothic aesthetics in contemporary television and video games, exploring the oil and sugar imaginary of the first season of HBO television series True Detective (2014) and the nuclear magnetism of Bethesda Game Studio’s Fallout 4:Far Harbor DLC (2016).

Keywords:   Ecogothic, ecological imperialism, resource Gothic, extractivism, environmental catastrophe, plantation, Roger McTair, HelonHabila, Robert Barclay, Fallout 4, True Detective

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