A paradoxical result of the Enlightenment


“Terry Castle suggests that a paradoxical result of the rationalist imperatives of the Age of Enlightenment was the production of a new experience of strangeness and anxiety. What is inexplicable in scientific or secular terms potentially gains power as it threatens the validity of rationality to explain the world, provoking an anxiety registered as the uncanny.” (32)

Ref: Erin Mercer (2010) ‘Monstrous Identities: Critical realism and Gothic Fantasy in Maurice Gee’s The Fire-Raiser’ The Journal of Commonwealth Literature 45: 23-35


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