Saturday, 24 January 2015

Guest Post: Gothic and the Human-Subject

"The House of Frankenstein" (1944)
This post is inspired by the many conferences which I attended last year. I have been playing about with these questions for a while and they have been inspired by discussions regarding post-humanism. In my work on lycanthropic literature, I consider how the character of the werewolf affects our ideas about animal/human relations and how humans Gothicise the natural world. In regards to animals, specifically wolves, much of this stems from a tendency to see animals as object which we can read our fears onto as opposed to subjects in their own right. This has led to me musing on Gothic engagement with the human-subject and trying to understand the never-quite-is of existence.