Epistemological Rupture and the Gothic Sublime in Slouching Towards Bedlam
2012 (English)In: Neo-Victorian Gothic: Horror, Violence and Degeneration in the Re-Imagined Nineteenth Century / [ed] Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012, 253-278 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
This chapter examines how Gothic effects of the sublime are generated by the incomprehensible phenomenon at the centre of an interactively produced steampunk narrative. Set in a re-imagined London in 1855, the interactive fiction Slouching Towards Bedlam explores links between Victorian and contemporary anxieties regarding the individually and socially transformative dangers of infection. The work reflects the Victorian zeal for classification both in the player’s role and the narrative produced via interaction. However, the classification failures that develop in this narrative point to a subversion of the Victorian epistemological framework and are further shown to constrict the player’s agency. These ruptures and constrictions enact the Gothic sublime in a manner that links the fears of the Victorian period to those of today.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012. 253-278 p.
, Neo-Victorian Series, ISSN 2211-1018 ; 3
Star C. Foster, Gothic sublime, interactive fiction, Daniel Ravipinto, steampunk, Slouching Towards Bedlam
General Literature Studies
Research subject English; Literature; medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-63724ISBN: 978-90-420-3625-3ISBN: 978-94-012-0896-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-63724DiVA: diva2:583530