Guttzeit, Gero, and Natalya Bekhta, eds. 2019. “Monsters and Monstrosity in Nineteenth-Century Anglophone Literature.” Special issue, Anglistik 30, no. 3. Click for access to full text.
Guttzeit, Gero. 2018. “Authoring Monsters: Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe and Early Nineteenth-Century Figures of Gothic Authorship.” Forum for Modern Language Studies 54 (3): 279–92. Click for access to full text.
This paper discusses early nineteenth-century authorship through an analysis of transgressive, double and fragmented monsters in Gothic novels and tales. Relying on the concept of ‘figures of the author’, I read monsters such as the vampire, the doppelganger and the cyborg as Gothic refigurations of Romantic authorship. In analysing Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Ligeia’ (1838) and ‘The Man that Was Used Up’ (1839), I examine how the characteristic othering of bodies, such as occurs in the Gothic monster, comes to be representative of the dangers that Gothic writing, in its monstrous and mechanical popularity, posed to the dominant idea of the Romantic author and its features such as individuality, originality and organic totality.
Guttzeit, Gero. 2018. “‘So Little Suffices to Make Us Visible One to the Other’: Invisibility, Monstrosity, and Whiteness in H. G. Wells’s the Invisible Man.” Journal for the Study of British Cultures 25 (1): 71–84.