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12. The ghost in the machine

12. The ghost in the machine  

Nick Groom

in The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777905
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199586790.003.0012
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199586790
Ironically, despite its deep historic basis, the Gothic has always been a modern movement inspired by contemporary culture. Advances in science inspired Gothic writers such as Mary Shelley ... More
Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction  

Richard Bradford

Print Publication Year: 
May 2015
Published Online: 
May 2015
eISBN: 
9780191785801
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199658787.001.0001
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book
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9780199658787
Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction explores the history of ‘crime fiction’ and the various definitions of the genre and considers how it has developed over time. ... More
1. The world of eugenics

1. The world of eugenics  

Philippa Levine

in Eugenics: A Very Short introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2017
Published Online: 
Jan 2017
eISBN: 
9780199385935
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199385904.003.0001
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chapter
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9780199385904
Early in the twentieth century, a powerful union of science and social policy emerged in countries across the world. Eugenics was a movement committed to using the principles of heredity ... More
Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction  

John Sutherland

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2007
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776960
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199214891.001.0001
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book
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9780199214891
Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction shows that bestseller lists monitor one of the strongest pulses in modern literature and are therefore worthy of serious study. It lifts ... More
2. The modern scene

2. The modern scene  

John Sutherland

in Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2007
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776960
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199214891.003.0002
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199214891
Why, when reading is so private an activity, should people want, so simultaneously, the one ‘book of the day’? ‘The modern scene’ evokes the history of bestsellerism in images such as ... More
9. The poetics of blood

9. The poetics of blood  

Nick Groom

in The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777905
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199586790.003.0009
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chapter
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9780199586790
Gothic novels inspired a new genre of writers known later as the Romantics who harked back to the romances of the Middle Ages. Writers such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge and John Keats and ... More
5. Gender

5. Gender  

Richard Bradford

in Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2015
Published Online: 
May 2015
eISBN: 
9780191785801
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199658787.003.0005
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ISBN: 
9780199658787
‘Gender’ considers the work of women crime writers and central female characters in the crime novel. In the relatively few novels featuring a woman detective produced between the period of ... More
1. Origins

1. Origins  

Richard Bradford

in Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2015
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May 2015
eISBN: 
9780191785801
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199658787.003.0001
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9780199658787
What are the true origins of modern crime fiction? ‘Origins’ explains that the sources can be found in 18th-century England with the fiction and criminal biographies of Daniel Defoe and ... More
4. International crime fiction

4. International crime fiction  

Richard Bradford

in Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2015
Published Online: 
May 2015
eISBN: 
9780191785801
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199658787.003.0004
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9780199658787
‘International crime fiction’ looks at crime writing in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Russia, East Asia, Latin America, and Scandinavia. Crime fiction in France was, and is, far more ... More
3. Madness confined

3. Madness confined  

Andrew Scull

in Madness: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778230
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199608034.003.0003
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9780199608034
‘Madness confined’ reviews the care of the mad from the 18th to the mid-20th century. Initially, treatment was based on a humoral approach, combined with the use of chains and other ... More
5. The British Bestseller

5. The British Bestseller  

John Sutherland

in Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2007
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776960
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199214891.003.0005
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780199214891
‘The British bestseller’ highlights the influence of cultural and commercial differences between Britain and the USA. The bestseller ‘machine’ arrived with Walter Scott. The early twentieth ... More
6. Dickensian

6. Dickensian  

Jenny Hartley

in Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2019
Published Online: 
Feb 2019
eISBN: 
9780191783203
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198714996.003.0006
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780198714996
Charles Dickens became an adjective in his own lifetime. By the 1850s, he was ‘Dickenesque’ and ‘Dickensy’; ‘Dickensian’ came in the decade after his death. Contradictions beset the many ... More

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