Contemporary Women s Gothic Fiction

This book revives and revitalises the literary Gothic in the hands of contemporary women writers.

Author: Gina Wisker

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137303493

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 269

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This book revives and revitalises the literary Gothic in the hands of contemporary women writers. It makes a scholarly, lively and convincing case that the Gothic makes horror respectable, and establishes contemporary women’s Gothic fictions in and against traditional Gothic. The book provides new, engaging perspectives on established contemporary women Gothic writers, with a particular focus on Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood and Toni Morrison. It explores how the Gothic is malleable in their hands and is used to demythologise oppressions based on difference in gender and ethnicity. The study presents new Gothic work and new nuances, critiques of dangerous complacency and radical questionings of what is safe and conformist in works as diverse as Twilight (Stephenie Meyer) and A Girl Walks Home Alone (Ana Lily Amirpur), as well as by Anne Rice and Poppy Brite. It also introduces and critically explores postcolonial, vampire and neohistorical Gothic and women’s ghost stories.

Queering Contemporary Gothic Narrative 1970 2012

This book explores the development of queer Gothic fiction, contextualizing it with reference to representations of queer sexualities and genders in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Gothic, as well as the sexual-political perspectives ...

Author: Paulina Palmer

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137303554

Category: Social Science

Page: 204

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This book explores the development of queer Gothic fiction, contextualizing it with reference to representations of queer sexualities and genders in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Gothic, as well as the sexual-political perspectives generated by the 1970s lesbian and gay liberation movements and the development of queer theory in the 1990s. The book examines the roles that Gothic motifs and narrative strategies play in depicting aspects of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex experience in contemporary Gothic fiction. Gothic motifs discussed include spectrality, the haunted house, the vampire, doppelganger and monster. Regional Gothic and the contribution that Gothic tropes make to queer historical fiction and historiography receive attention, as does the AIDS narrative. Female Gothic and feminist perspectives are also explored. Writers discussed include Peter Ackroyd, Vincent Brome, Jim Grimsley, Alan Hollinghurst, Randall Kenan, Meg Kingston, Michelle Paver, Susan Swan, Louise Tondeur, Sarah Waters, Kathleen Winter and Jeanette Winterson.

Horror Fiction

Looking at such differences, Lisa Tuttle in the important collection of
contemporary women's horror Skin of the Soul (1990) notes: Territory which to a
man is emotionally neutral, may for a woman be mined with fear, and vice versa.

Author: Gina Wisker

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 082641561X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 294

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This is a series of introductory books about different types of writing. One strand of the series focuses on genres such asScience Fiction, Horror, Romance, and Crime, and the other focuses on movements or styles often associated with historicaland cultural locations—Postcolonial, Native American, Scottish, Irish, American Gothic.Authors covered in this volume includeWilliam Peter Blatty, Ira Levine, BramStoker, Shirley Jackson, Angela Carter,Mary Shelley, Stephen King, Anne Rice,and Washington Irving.

Gothic Fiction

This Guide returns to the Gothic novel's first wave of popularity, between 1764 and 1820, to explore and analyse the full range of contradictory responses that the Gothic evoked.

Author: Angela Wright

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137039910

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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What is the Gothic? Few literary genres have attracted so much praise and critical disdain simultaneously. This Guide returns to the Gothic novel's first wave of popularity, between 1764 and 1820, to explore and analyse the full range of contradictory responses that the Gothic evoked. Angela Wright appraises the key criticism surrounding the Gothic fiction of this period, from eighteenth-century accounts to present-day commentaries. Adopting an easy-to-follow thematic approach, the Guide examines: - contemporary criticism of the Gothic - the aesthetics of terror and horror - the influence of the French Revolution - religion, nationalism and the Gothic - the relationship between psychoanalysis and the Gothic - the relationship between gender and the Gothic. Concise and authoritative, this indispensable Guide provides an overview of Gothic criticism and covers the work of a variety of well-known Gothic writers, such as Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe, Matthew Lewis and many others.

Women and Domestic Space in Contemporary Gothic Narratives

Moving away from traditional studies of Gothic domesticity based on symbolism, Soon instead focuses on domestic space's material presence and the traces it leaves on the human subjects inhabiting it.

Author: A. Soon

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137532916

Category: Social Science

Page: 246

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Moving away from traditional studies of Gothic domesticity based on symbolism, Soon instead focuses on domestic space's material presence and the traces it leaves on the human subjects inhabiting it. Approaching novels and films such as Beloved and The Exorcist , this study intersects psychoanalysis, phenomenology, and various spatial theories.

Women s Gothic and Romantic Fiction

"Anyone who has ever tried to assist a patron doing research in this field will welcome this bibliographic essay. . . . Most libraries will want and use this book." Library Journal

Author: Kay Mussell

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: UOM:39015005208486

Category: Social Science

Page: 157

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"Anyone who has ever tried to assist a patron doing research in this field will welcome this bibliographic essay. . . . Most libraries will want and use this book." Library Journal

A New Companion to The Gothic

This new edition now contains twelve brand new essays; six of these constitute an additional part on “The Globalization of Gothic,” which provides an invaluable reflection on the direction Gothic criticism has taken over the last decade ...

Author: David Punter

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119062509

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 568

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The thoroughly expanded and updated New Companion to the Gothic, provides a series of stimulating insights into Gothic writing, its history and genealogy. The addition of 12 new essays and a section on Global Gothic reflects the direction Gothic criticism has taken over the last decade. Many of the original essays have been revised to reflect current debates Offers comprehensive coverage of criticism of the Gothic and of the various theoretical approaches it has inspired and spawned Features important and original essays by leading scholars in the field The editor is widely recognized as the founder of modern criticism of the Gothic

21st century Gothic

Selected by a poll of more than 180 Gothic specialists, the fifty-three original works discussed in 21st-Century Gothic represent the most impressive Gothic novels written around the world between 2000-2010.

Author: Danel Olson

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810877283

Category: Fiction

Page: 675

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Selected by a poll of more than 180 Gothic specialists, the fifty-three original works discussed in 21st-Century Gothic represent the most impressive Gothic novels written around the world between 2000-2010.

A Dark Night s Dreaming

The volume concludes with an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary works.

Author: Professor Matthew J Bruccoli

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1570030707

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 141

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A Dark Night's Dreaming opens by defining the shape of horror fiction today, illuminating the genre's narrative themes, psychological and social contexts, and historical development. The core of the volume focuses on the lives and major works of the six who have dramatically shaped the genre: William Peter Blatty, Thomas Harris, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Peter Straub, and Whitley Strieber. A final chapter analyzes the complex relationship between horror fiction and its adaptation to film. Looking beyond the tormented maidens, madmen, monsters, and other archetypes of the genre, these critics differentiate contemporary Gothic fiction from that of earlier generations while demonstrating that horror remains one of the most important and consistent strains connecting the diverse elements of the American literary tradition. They comment on the genre's enormous popularity and undeniable influence in American society and scrutinize its changing representations of women, monsters, and gore. The volume concludes with an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary works.

Contemporary British Women Writers

Essays illustrating the range and diversity of post-1970 British women writers.

Author: English Association

Publisher: DS Brewer

ISBN: 1843840111

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 178

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Essays illustrating the range and diversity of post-1970 British women writers.

The Handbook to Gothic Literature

Some topics and literary figures discussed are: American Gothic, Ambrose Bierce, Charles Dickens, Gothic architecture, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Contemporary Gothic, Occultism, Robert Louis Stevenson, Witches and witchcraft, Spiritualism, Oscar ...

Author: Marie Mulvey-Roberts

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814756096

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 294

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Some topics and literary figures discussed are: American Gothic, Ambrose Bierce, Charles Dickens, Gothic architecture, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Contemporary Gothic, Occultism, Robert Louis Stevenson, Witches and witchcraft, Spiritualism, Oscar Wilde, Gothic film, Ghost stories, and Edgar Allan Poe.

Contemporary Scottish Women Writers

The three writers considered here can be seen , too , in the context of a wider
contemporary attraction to ' the Gothic ' . Gothic has gained renewed currency ;
according to the late Angela Carter , ' we live in Gothic times ' . ' Historical
parallels ...

Author: Aileen Christianson

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015050488074

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 186

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These essays fill a gap in critical response to contemporary Scottish women writers.

York Notes Companions Gothic Literature

The volume surveys key debates such as Female Gothic, the Gothic narrator and nation and empire, and focuses on a wide range of texts including The Mysteries of Udolpho, Frankenstein, Jane Eyre, Dracula, The Magic Toyshop and The Shining.

Author: Susan Chaplin

Publisher: Pearson UK

ISBN: 9781292003849

Category: Gothic fiction (Literary genre), American

Page: 328

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An exploration of Gothic literature from its origins in Horace Walpole’s 1764 classic The Castle of Otranto, through Romantic and Victorian Gothic to modernist and postmodernist takes on the form. The volume surveys key debates such as Female Gothic, the Gothic narrator and nation and empire, and focuses on a wide range of texts including The Mysteries of Udolpho, Frankenstein, Jane Eyre, Dracula, The Magic Toyshop and The Shining.

Encyclopedia of Gothic Literature

Presents an alphabetical reference guide detailing the lives and works of authors associated with Gothic literature.

Author: Mary Ellen Snodgrass

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438109114

Category: Gothic revival (Literature)

Page: 497

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Presents an alphabetical reference guide detailing the lives and works of authors associated with Gothic literature.

Contemporary Women s Fiction

The Gothic genre , traditionally noted for its representation of woman as victim ,
becomes in Atwood ' s hands the perfect medium for depicting contemporary
woman caught unaware in the ' rape culture ' 48 which pervades society .

Author: Paulina Palmer

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015005581957

Category: American fiction

Page: 192

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Contemporary Women Novelists

David Punter has suggested that Gothic is a mode of writing which essentially
questions, in varying degrees, the ... Punter also draws attention to the fact that
many of the most important Gothic writers have been women (so that Carter and ...

Author: Spacks

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: UCAL:B4973308

Category: American fiction

Page: 183

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Eleven essays probe stylistic and sexual nuances in the work of contemporary female novelists.

Gothic Forms of Feminine Fictions

Gothic forms of feminine fictions is a study of the powers of the Gothic in late twentieth-century fiction and film.

Author: Susanne Becker

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719053315

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 335

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Gothic forms of feminine fictions is a study of the powers of the Gothic in late twentieth-century fiction and film. Susanne Becker argues that the Gothic, two hundred years after it emerged, exhibits renewed vitality in our media age with its obsession for stimulation and excitement. Today's globalised entertainment culture, relying on soaps, reality TV shows, celebrity and excess, is reflected in the emotional trajectory of the Gothic's violence, eroticism and sentimental excess. Gothic forms of feminine fictions discusses a wide range of anglophone Gothic romances, from the classics through pulp fictions to a postmodern Gothica. This timely and original study is a major contribution to gender and genre theory as well as cultural criticism of the contemporary. It will appeal to scholars in a wide range of fields and become essential for students of the Gothic, contemporary fiction - particularly Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood - and popular culture.

Scottish Women s Gothic and Fantastic Writing Fiction since 1978

Underlying the broad scope of this survey are the links - both explicit and implicit - established between the examined texts and the Scottish supernatural tradition.Having established a connection with a distinctively Scottish canon, ...

Author: Monica Germana

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748637652

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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Monica Germana considers four thematic areas of the supernatural - quests, dangerous women, doubles and ghosts - each explored in one of the four main chapters. Being the first critical work to bring together contemporary women's writing and the Scottish fantasy tradition, the volume pioneers in-depth investigation of some previously neglected texts such as Ali Smith's Hotel World; Alice Thompson's Justine; Margaret Elphinstone's longer fiction, as well as offering new readings of more popular texts including A.L. Kennedy's So I am glad, Emma Tennant's The Bad Sister and Two Women of London. Underlying the broad scope of this survey are the links - both explicit and implicit - established between the examined texts and the Scottish supernatural tradition.Having established a connection with a distinctively Scottish canon, Monica Germana points to the ways in which the selected texts simultaneously break from past traditions and reveal points of departure through their exploration of otherness as well as their engagement with feminist and postmodernist discourses in relation to the questions of identity and the interrogation of the real.

Wilkie Collins Medicine and the Gothic

This book examines how Wilkie Collins’s interest in medical matters developed in his writing through exploration of his revisions of the late eighteenth-century Gothic novel from his first sensation novels to his last novels of the 1880s.

Author: L. Talairach-Vielmas

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 9780708322826

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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This book examines how Wilkie Collins’s interest in medical matters developed in his writing through exploration of his revisions of the late eighteenth-century Gothic novel from his first sensation novels to his last novels of the 1880s. Throughout his career, Collins made changes in the prototypical Gothic scenario. The aristocratic villains, victimized maidens and medieval castles of classic Gothic tales were reworked and adapted to thrill his Victorian readership. With the advances of neuroscience and the development of criminology as a significant backdrop to most of his novels, Collins drew upon contemporary anxieties and increasingly used the medical to propel his criminal plots. While the prototypical castles were turned into modern medical institutions, his heroines no longer feared ghosts but the scientist’s knife. This study hence underlines the way in which Collins’s Gothic revisions increasingly tackled medical questions, using the medical terrain to capitalize on the readers’ fears. It also demonstrates how Wilkie Collins’s fiction reworks Gothic themes and presents them through the prism of contemporary scientific, medical and psychological discourses, from debates revolving around mental physiology to those dealing with heredity and transmission. The book’s structure is chronological covering a selection of texts in each chapter, with a balance between discussion of the more canonical of Collins’s texts such as The Woman in White, The Moonstone and Armadale and some of his more neglected writings.