Journals Higher Education



Published: 11 March 2004

200 Pages | 1 Illustrations, black & white

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719063572

Bookseller Code (06)


Victorian demons

Medicine, masculinity, and the Gothic at the fin-de-siècle

Andrew Smith

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Victorian demons explores how a crisis in masculinity was represented in literary, medical, legal and sociological contexts at the fin-de-siècle
  • Includes exploration of monstrosity in scientific and literary contexts, including analysis of literary texts ('Jekyll and Hyde', 'Dracula') alongside real histories including chapters on 'Jack the Ripper' and Joseph Merrick (aka 'Elephant Man')
  • Explores how medical contexts can be related to the literary culture, including analysis of the representation of disease/degeneration in 'Dracula' and Jekyll and Hyde, and late nineteenth-century medical textbooks on syphilis
  • Analyses how masculinity, largely dominant and middle-class was demonised in a variety of literary and medical contexts, and became associated with models of pathology

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