chapter  8
32 Pages

Cosmetic Surgeons of the Social Darwin, Freud, and Wells and the Limits of Sympathy on The Island of Dr. Moreau

This essay revisits an imperialist Gothic novel of terror in a time and place in which the terror returns home, though where or what home can be must for the time being remain an open question. How might a quite (in the British rather than American sense of the word) white African post(settler) colonial turned queer diasporic literary critic teaching in Texas attempt such an encounter? I perform this situa­ tional hand-wringing at the outset in order simultaneously to claim and resist the impersonal, universal, academic voice, a voice not unre­ lated to the central problem in The Island o f Dr. Moreau of making humans out of nature in one’s own image.