The Bog Gothic: Bram Stoker's ‘Carpet of Death’ and Ireland's Horrible Beauty
This article examines Irish bogland as Gothic landscapes in Bram Stoker's The Snake's Pass (1890). Conjoining the constituent elements of the Irish bog with the EcoGothic as a literary and cultural mode, the ‘Bog Gothic’ illustrates bogland as untamed wasteland that resists incorporation into modernity and colonialism. This article argues that investigating bogland in The Snake's Pass will draw attention to the ways in which Irish bogs are situated precariously among issues of national identity, colonial consciousness, and environmental history, which ultimately results in the marginalisation and degradation of these ubiquitous and emblematic landscapes of Ireland.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of Alberta
Publication date: May 1, 2014
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