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Uncategorized range of personal, sexual, and emotional behaviors and attitudes” in Gothicized situations where these threaten conventional perceptions with their fear-inducing alterities (Haggerty 2006: 202). Such “queer” understandings, I might add, gain a further aid to analysis from post-1980 interpretations of the Gothic influenced by the French linguistic psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva. She posits in Powers of Horror (1980–1982) the need of people to “abject,” or throw off into uncanny “others,” all those inconsistencies in themselves from the personal to the cultural, even at the moment of birth (when we are half-dead/half-alive), that prevent our attempted claims of coherent identity and so must be displaced elsewhere, in such forms of otherness as the anomalies of Frankenstein’s creature or the “Black Cat” in Poe’s 1843 story of that name (see Lesley Ginsberg in Martin and Savoy 1998: 99–128).
Especially in the ways Goddu grants renewed importance to the history of slavery as the most “abjecting” of the tangled discourses that are woven into the Gothic, her kind of work, like its many successors, turns towards an Americanized version of “cultural studies” that strives to carry out – by pulling together many theories – the work of the Center for Contemporary Cultural Studies in Birmingham, England, from which this mix of theory and social research still takes its name. Cultural studies continues to analyze the way discourses of many kinds channel the circulation and contestation between many different kinds of texts and social levels during specific spans of time, but it is particularly focused, within issues of class conflict and power (including race and gender), on relationships between symbolic performances typed as “high” or dominant culture and almost any counter-discourse or reference point labeled “low” or subaltern culture, be that “othered” realm an ethnic group, a subculture, a colonized people, a nonnormative sexual orientation, individuals considered “disabled” and/or otherwise “abnormal” (even “mad”), or efforts to preserve from misconstruction what various minorities see as “natural” (including the physical environment) against the threats to it of, or dangers projected into it by, corporations, governments, and other hegemonies.
Lovecraft, himself an American author of “Gothics” reminiscent of Poe’s; and the 1934 essay by Edmund Wilson on the Freudian basis of Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw (1898) followed by Wilson’s own justification of US “Tales of Horror” as 6 Jerrold E. Hogle a means for American audiences to articulate “the terrors that lie deep[est] in the human psyche” (Wilson 1950: 175). But it is Fiedler who has most applied “orthodox Freudianism and Jungian revisionism” together (1966: 14) in distinctively American terms.
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