Borderline experience: madness, mimicry and Scottish gothic
Brewster, S 2005, 'Borderline experience: madness, mimicry and Scottish gothic' , Gothic Studies, 7 (1) , pp. 79-86.
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This essay draws on Julia Kristeva's concept of 'borderline' experience, a feature of psychotic discourse, to examine the representation of madness, split personality and sociopathic behaviour in James Hogg's The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner and the contemporary, muted Gothic of John Burnside's The Locust Room (2001). The main characteristics of borderline experience - a concern with authenticity and the proper name, with uncertain boundaries between inside and outside, truth and delusion - are central concerns in Hogg and Burnside, and the essay assesses the value of borderline discourse for a critical reading of madness in Gothic.
|Themes:||Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)|
Memory, Text and Place
|Schools:||Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences|
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
|Journal or Publication Title:||Gothic Studies|
|Publisher:||Manchester University Press|
|Depositing User:||H Kenna|
|Date Deposited:||23 Jan 2009 16:53|
|Last Modified:||27 Sep 2011 11:54|
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