Gothic & Gender: An Introduction

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August 2004



Gothic novels tell terrifying stories of patriarchal societies that thrive on the oppression or even outright sacrifice of women and others. Donna Heiland's Gothic and Gender offers a historically informed theoretical introduction to key gothic narratives from a feminist perspective.The book concentrates primarily on fiction from the 1760s through the 1840s, exploring the work of Horace Walpole, Clara Reeve, Sophia Lee, Matthew Lewis, Charlotte Dacre, Charles Maturin, Ann Radcliffe, William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, John Polidori, James Malcolm Rymer, Emily Brontk, Charlotte Brontk, Charlotte Smith, and Charles Brockden Brown. The final chapter looks at contemporary fiction and its relation to the gothic, including an exploration of Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin and Ann-Marie Macdonald's Fall on Your Knees


Acknowledgments. Introduction. 1 Patriarchal Narratives in the Work of Horace Walpole, Clara Reeve, and Sophia Lee. 2 The Aesthetic of the Sublime in the Work of Matthew Lewis, Charlotte Dacre, and Charles Maturin. 3 Rethinking the Sublime in the Novels of Ann Radcliffe. 4 From the Sublime to the Uncanny: Godwin and Wollstonecraft. 5 Uncanny Monsters in the Work of Mary Shelley, John Polidori, and James Malcolm Rymer. 6 Confronting the Uncanny in the Bront s. 7 The Unhomely Nation of Gothic Narratives: Charlotte Smith, Charles Brockden Brown, and Matthew Lewis. 8 Feminist, Postmodern, Postcolonial: Margaret Atwood and Ann Marie Macdonald Respond to the Gothic. Coda: Criticism of the Gothic. Notes. Bibliography. Index


Donna Heiland is Director of Fellowship Programs at the American Council of Learned Societies and was Associate Professor of English at Vassar College.

EAN: 9780631200505
ISBN: 0631200509
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2004
Seitenanzahl: 222 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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