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.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Gothic Studies
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1362-7937
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2009 16:53
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 08:04

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