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Ruined Skin: Gothic Genetics and Human Identity in Stephen Donaldson’s Gap cycle

Alder, Emily



Sara-Patricia Wasson


This chapter offers a literary criticism of Stephen Donaldson's novel Gap. It discusses that transfiguration of the body, through the study of molecular biology and genetic engineering, creates a cultural unrest and horror. The strange metamorphosis of the human flesh puts the human identity into uncertainty as the abhumanity of interstitial alien/human bodies assails normative cognitions of human shape.

Publication Date 2011
Deposit Date Sep 18, 2013
Publisher Liverpool University Press
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Book Title Gothic Science Fiction 1980-2010
ISBN 978-1846317071
Keywords Gothic literature; science fiction; Stephen Donaldson; Gap cycle; genetic engineering;
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