Patrick McGrath and his Worlds: Madness and the Transnational Gothic

1st Edition

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.

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