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Maisha Wester and Xavier Aldana Reyes

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474440929

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440929.001.0001

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Asian Gothic

Asian Gothic

(p.249) Chapter 17 Asian Gothic
Twenty-First-Century Gothic

Katarzyna Ancuta

Edinburgh University Press

The chapter offers a selective survey of twenty-first-century Asian Gothic. The main focus of the discussion is the most prominent contemporary trend involving reconfigurations of Asian folklore and the ghost story. More specifically, this chapter investigates literary and film narratives dealing with individual and collective trauma that revolve around the figure of the vengeful ghost, texts which reclaim animism as an inherent part of Asian modernity, and Asian Gothic’s interrogation of gender dynamics and empowered women. The first section of the essay discusses the emergence of the female vengeful ghost as the dominant figure of fear in Asian horror films. The second section examines the portrayal of ghosts in literature of the region and the way their haunting engages with historical trauma and socio-cultural anxieties of the time. The final part investigates narratives that highlight the connection of women to shamanism and magic and proposes to read female spirituality in terms of empowerment.

Keywords:   vengeful ghosts, animism, haunting, shamanism, Asian horror, Asian literature

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