Doctor Who’s Shaken Faith in Science: Mistrusting Science from the Gothic to the Neo-Gothic

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Neo-Gothic Narratives: Illusory Allusions from the Past



"Neo-Gothic stories have enjoyed immense popularity in contemporary popular culture. Science fiction in particular has developed a very productive relationship with the Gothic in the past several decades. It has often been claimed by scholars that such sci-fi Gothic demonstrates a fear of the future (or rather, a speculative future extrapolated from the rapidly changing present) in contrast to early Gothic literature, which feared the pre-modern past (or rather, a wilfully misrepresented version of the pre-modern past).¹ I would argue, however, that to make such a distinction is to yet again wilfully misrepresent the past, only this time it is..."


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