The Gothic, Postcolonialism and Otherness

Ghosts from Elsewhere

  • Authors
  • Tabish Khair

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. The Gothic and Otherness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Tabish Khair
      Pages 21-38
    3. Tabish Khair
      Pages 39-60
    4. Tabish Khair
      Pages 61-71
    5. Tabish Khair
      Pages 72-85
    6. Tabish Khair
      Pages 86-97
  4. Postcolonialism and Otherness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Tabish Khair
      Pages 101-109
    3. Tabish Khair
      Pages 132-146
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Tabish Khair
      Pages 157-174
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 175-198

About this book


Starting with a re-examination of the role of the colonial/racial Other in mainstream Gothic (colonial) fiction, this book goes on to engage with the problem of narrating the 'subaltern' in the post-colonial context. It engages with the problems of representing 'difference' in lucid conceptual terms, with much attention to primary texts, and highlights the strengths and weaknesses of colonial discourses as well as postcolonialist attempts to 'write back.' While providing rich readings of Conrad, Kipling, Melville, Emily Brontë, Erna Brodber, Jean Rhys and others, it offers new perspectives on Otherness, difference and identity, re-examines the role of emotions in literature, and suggests productive ways of engaging with contemporary global and postcolonial issues.


colonialism fiction realism

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