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Sara Wasson and Emily Alder

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317071

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846319785

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Ruined Skin: Gothic Genetics and Human Identity in Stephen Donaldson's Gap Cycle

Ruined Skin: Gothic Genetics and Human Identity in Stephen Donaldson's Gap Cycle

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(p.116) 7. Ruined Skin: Gothic Genetics and Human Identity in Stephen Donaldson's Gap Cycle
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Gothic Science Fiction 1980–2010
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Emily Alder

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846317071.003.0008

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.

Keywords:   Gap, molecular biology, genetic engineering, cultural unrest, horror, human flesh, metamorphosis

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