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Penny Dreadful’s Queer Orientalism: The Translations of Ferdinand Lyle

Department of English Studies, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL 60446, USA
Humanities 2020, 9(3), 108; https://doi.org/10.3390/h9030108
Received: 8 August 2020 / Revised: 27 August 2020 / Accepted: 3 September 2020 / Published: 9 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Entangled Narratives: History, Gender and the Gothic)
Cultural expressions of Orientalism, the Gothic, and the queer are rarely studied together, though they share uncanny features including spectrality, doubling, and the return of the repressed. An ideal means of investigating these common aspects is neo-Victorian translation, which is likewise uncanny. The neo-Victorian Gothic cable television series Penny Dreadful, set mostly in fin-de-siècle London, employs the character Ferdinand Lyle, a closeted queer Egyptologist and linguist, to depict translation as both interpretation and transformation, thereby simultaneously replicating and challenging late-Victorian attitudes toward queerness and Orientalism. View Full-Text
Keywords: Gothic; neo-Victorianism; Orientalism; Penny Dreadful; queerness; the uncanny Gothic; neo-Victorianism; Orientalism; Penny Dreadful; queerness; the uncanny
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Mustafa, J. Penny Dreadful’s Queer Orientalism: The Translations of Ferdinand Lyle. Humanities 2020, 9, 108.

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