Dis(curse)sive Discourses of Empire: Hinterland Gothics Decolonizing Contemporary Young Adult and New Adult Literature and Performance




Schoellman, Stephanie

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This dissertation advances Gothic studies by 1) arguing that Gothic is an imperial discourse and tracing back its origins to imperial activity, 2) by establishing a Hinterland Gothics discourse framework within the Gothic Imagination, 3) and by defining three particular discourses of Hinterland Gothics: the Gotach (Irish), Gótico (Mexican-American Mestizx), and the Ethnogothix (African Diaspora), and subsequently, revealing how these Hinterland Gothics undermine, expose, and thwart imperial poltergeists. The primary texts that I analyze and reference were published in the past thirty years and are either of the Young Adult or New Adult persuasion, highlighting imperative moments of identity construction in bildungsroman plots and focusing on the more neglected yet more dynamic hyper-contemporary era of Gothic scholarship, namely: Siobhan Dowd’s Bog Child (2008), Celine Kiernan’s Into the Grey (2011), Marina Carr’s Woman and Scarecrow (2006), Emma Pérez’s Forgetting the Alamo (2009), Virginia Grise’s blu (2011), Emil Ferris’s graphic novel My Favorite Thing is Monsters (2017), Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day (1988), Helen Oyeyemi’s White is for Witching (2009), Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti (2015) and Binti: Home (2017), and Nicki Minaj’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards performance of “Roman Holiday” (2012). The cold spots in the white Eurocentric canon where Other presences have been ghosted will be filled, specters will be given flesh, and the repressed will return, indict, and haunt, demanding recognition and justice.


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Decolonial, Empire, Gothic, New Adult, Postcolonial, Young Adult