Matt Foley, Rebecca Duncan
December 19, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 224 Pages
ISBN 9781138311190 - CAT# K455286
Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature
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Following the publication of Ghost Town (2005), a complex, globally conscious genealogy of millennial Manhattan, McGrath’s transnational status as an English author resident in New York, his pointed manipulation of British and American contexts, and his clear apprehension of imperial legacies have all come into sharper focus. By bringing together readings cognisant of this transnational and historical sensitivity with those that build on existing studies of McGrath’s engagements with Gothic and madness, Patrick McGrath and his Worlds intends to shed new light on an author whose imagined realities reflect the anxieties, pathologies and power dynamics of our contemporary world order. McGrath’s fiction has been noted as parodic (The Grotesque, 1989), psychologically disturbing (Spider, 1990), and darkly sexual (Asylum, 1996). Throughout, his corpus is characterised by a preoccupation with madness and its institutions, and by a nuanced relationship to the Gothic. This collection opens up new theoretical perspectives on these concerns, moving conversations around McGrath’s work decisively forward. Drawing materials from McGrath’s new literary archive at University of Stirling, and offering the first sustained exploration of his fiction’s transnational and world-historical dimensions, it seeks to situate McGrath as a key voice in Anglophone letters in our millennial global moment.
"Foreword" by (Emeritus) Professor Sue Zlosnik, Manchester Metropolitan University
"Introduction" by Dr Matt Foley and Dr Rebecca Duncan, University of Stirling
Section I: Theorizing McGrath
Chapter 1: Writing and Reading the Spider: McGrath’s Web -- Professor David Punter, University of Bristol
Chapter 2: ‘A Cell Without a Nucleus is a Ruin’: Vampiric Creations of the Unhealthy Disabled in Patrick McGrath’s "Blood Disease" -- Dr Alan Gregory, University of Lancaster
Chapter 3: Sanity, Society and Spider: Schizophrenia and the Gothic Self in McGrath’s Early Fiction --Ben Noad, University of Stirling
Section II: Transnational McGrath
Chapter 4: Martha Peake and the Madness of ‘Free Trade’ -- Dr Evert Jan van Leeuwen, University of Leiden
Chapter 5: Do You Hear What I Hear? Sound and Transnational Identity in Patrick McGrath’s Audio-Gothic --Danielle Hancock, University of East Anglia
Chapter 6: Mad Dogs and Englishmen: monstrosity, nationality, and subjectivity in the work of Patrick McGrath -- Evan Hayles Gledhill, University of Reading
Chapter 7: Revisiting the Spanish Civil War: An interview by Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes with Patrick McGrath
Section III: Millennial McGrath
Chapter 8: Beyond Therapy: Self-mythological and psychoanalytic failure in millennial McGrath -- Daniel Southward, University of Sheffield
Chapter 9: Memory and Healing in Patrick McGrath’s Trauma -- Professor Michela Vanon Alliata, University of Venice, Ca’Foscari
Chapter 10: The Liar, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: Discovering and Fighting Home-grown Fascism and Other Revenants in The Wardrobe Mistress -- Dr Danel Olson, Lone Star College, Texas
Chapter 11: An afterword by Patrick McGrath that will respond to the scholarly essays collected in this volume.
Appendix: A full bibliography of scholarly work published on McGrath’s writing.