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Ruined Skin: Gothic Genetics and Human Identity in Stephen Donaldson’s Gap cycle

  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.

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Alder, E. (2010). Ruined Skin: Gothic Genetics and Human Identity in Stephen Donaldson’s Gap cycle. In S. Wasson, & E. Alder (Eds.), Gothic Science Fiction 1980-2010Liverpool University Press. doi:10.5949/liverpool/9781846317071.003.0008

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Gothic literature; science fiction; Stephen Donaldson; Gap cycle; genetic engineering;

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