The Beetle: A Mystery by Richard Marsh is set in London and tells the story of a shape-shifting Egyptian visitor who seeks revenge on a British politician. Although the 19th century text contains racial stereotypes, Tim Youngs has suggested that the plot allows the reader to question the expansion of Empire.
- Article by:
- Suzanne Daly
- The Gothic, Power and politics
Mysticism, degeneracy, irrationality, barbarism: these are the qualities that came to define the non-western ‘other’ in 19th-century Britain. Here Professor Suzanne Daly explores the ‘Imperial Gothic’, examining the ways in which ‘otherness’ and Empire were depicted in Gothic novels such as Jane Eyre, The Moonstone, Dracula and Heart of Darkness.