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The Female Gothic
New Directions
Edited by Diana Wallace and Andrew Smith
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
12 Nov 2009
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This rich and varied collection of essays makes a timely contribution to critical debates about the Female Gothic, a popular but contested area of literary studies. The contributors revisit key Gothic themes - gender, race, the body, monstrosity, metaphor and motherhood - to open up new directions for criticism, while two essays on Scottish and Welsh Gothic represent the latest work in these new areas. Writers discussed range from central figures such as Ann Radcliffe, Charlotte Brontë, and Angela Carter, and neglected figures like the authors of the 'Northanger novels', to writers who are rarely discussed as 'Gothic' such as Iris Murdoch, Toni Morrison and Iain Banks. An Introduction surveying criticism on the Female Gothic and an essay on the institutionalisation of Gothic Studies provide invaluable contextualisation.
 
Contributors: Kirsti Bohata, Carol Margaret Davison, Lauren Fitzgerald, Anya Heise-von der Lippe, Avril Horner, Alison Milbank, Robert Miles, Meredith Miller, Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Andrew Smith, Diana Wallace, Angela Wright, Sue Zlosnik.


Description


This rich and varied collection of essays makes a timely contribution to critical debates about the Female Gothic, a popular but contested area of literary studies. The contributors revisit key Gothic themes - gender, race, the body, monstrosity, metaphor and motherhood - to open up new directions for criticism, while two essays on Scottish and Welsh Gothic represent the latest work in these new areas. Writers discussed range from central figures such as Ann Radcliffe, Charlotte Brontë, and Angela Carter, and neglected figures like the authors of the 'Northanger novels', to writers who are rarely discussed as 'Gothic' such as Iris Murdoch, Toni Morrison and Iain Banks. An Introduction surveying criticism on the Female Gothic and an essay on the institutionalisation of Gothic Studies provide invaluable contextualisation.
 
Contributors: Kirsti Bohata, Carol Margaret Davison, Lauren Fitzgerald, Anya Heise-von der Lippe, Avril Horner, Alison Milbank, Robert Miles, Meredith Miller, Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Andrew Smith, Diana Wallace, Angela Wright, Sue Zlosnik.


Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction: Defining the Female Gothic; D.Wallace & A.Smith
Female Gothic and the Institutionalisation of Gothic Studies; L.Fitzgerald
'The haunting idea': female Gothic metaphors and feminist theory; D.Wallace
'Mother Radcliff': Ann Radcliffe and the Female Gothic; R.Miles
Disturbing the Female Gothic: An Excavation of the Northanger Novels; A.Wright
Bleeding Nuns: A Genealogy of the Female Grotesque; A.Milbank
From Bluebeard's Bloody Chamber to Demonic Stigmatic; M.Mulvey-Roberts
Keeping it in the Family: Incest and the Female Gothic Plot in du Maurier and Murdoch; A.Horner & S.Zlosnik 
'I Don't Want to be a [White] Girl': Gender, Race and Resistance in the Southern Gothic; M.Miller
Children of the night: Shirley Jackson's Domestic Female Gothic; A.Smith
Others, Monsters, Ghosts: Representations of the Female Gothic Body in Toni Morrison's Beloved and Love; A.Heise-von der Lippe
'Unhomely moments': Reading and Writing Nation in Welsh Female Gothic; K.Bohata
Monstrous Regiments of Women and Brides of Frankenstein: Gendered Body Politics in Scottish Female Gothic Fiction; C.M.Davison Index


Authors

DIANA WALLACE is Reader in English at the University of Glamorgan, UK. She is the author of The Woman's Historical Novel: British Women Writers, 1900-2000 (2005) and Sisters and Rivals in British Women's Fiction, 1914-39 (2000), and co-editor (with Andrew Smith) of a special edition of Gothic Studies on 'The Female Gothic' (2004). 

ANDREW SMITH is Professor of English Studies at the University of Glamorgan, UK where he is Co-Director of the Research Centre for Literature, Arts and Science (RCLAS). Published books include Gothic Literature (2007), Victorian Demons (2004), and Gothic Radicalism (2000). He edits, with Benjamin F. Fisher, the series 'Gothic Literary Studies', for the University of Wales Press.