The Supernatural Media Virus

Virus Anxiety in Gothic Fiction Since 1990

Since the 1990s, the virus and the network metaphors have become increasingly popular, finding application in a broad range of everyday discourses, academic disciplines, and fiction genres. In this book, Rahel Sixta Schmitz defines and discusses a trope recurring in Gothic fiction: the supernatural media virus. This trope comprises the confluence of the virus, the network, and a deep, underlying media anxiety. This study shows how Gothic narratives such as House of Leaves or The Ring feature the supernatural media virus to negotiate as well as actively shape imaginations of the network society and the dangers of a globalized, technologized world.

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11 August 2021, 290 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8394-5559-3
File size: 4.18 MB

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Rahel Sixta Schmitz

Rahel Sixta Schmitz, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Deutschland

Book title
The Supernatural Media Virus Virus Anxiety in Gothic Fiction Since 1990
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
290
Features
5 SW-Abbildungen, 54 Farbabbildungen
ISBN
978-3-8394-5559-3
DOI
10.14361/9783839455593
Commodity Group
1562
BIC-Code
DSB JFD APFA
BISAC-Code
LIT000000 SOC052000 PER004030 LIT004020
THEMA-Code
DSB JBCT ATF
Release date
11 August 2021
Topics
Medien, Film, Literatur
Readership
Literary Studies, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Gothic Studies, Horror Studies, Film Studies, Television Studies
Keywords/Tags
Gothic, Horror, Media, Virus, Network Society, Literature, Film, Literary Studies, American Studies, British Studies

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