British Women’s Short Supernatural Fiction, 1860–1930

Our Own Ghostliness

Authors: Margree, Victoria

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  • Makes an original contribution to ghost story scholarship by arguing for an intersectional approach to women’s supernatural short fiction of the late-Victorian period and early twentieth century
  • Argues for caution in relation to a scholarly tendency to read women’s ghost fiction for subversive meanings, emphasising the equivocal or even conservative messages that such texts also often endorse
  • Expands the canon of ghost story writers and women writers
  • Draws upon a range of theoretical perspectives including New Economic Criticism, postcolonial theory and psychoanalytic theory
  • Reads the short supernatural story in relation to contexts including the women’s movement, the Marriage Question, economic crises, Britain’s changing class structure, colonialism and ideas about ‘race’, aesthetic movements, and the First World War
  • Contributes to the current resurgence of scholarship on short fiction and short fiction theory, and to the ever-expanding fields of study of Gothic and Victorian supernaturalism
  • Contributes to recent scholarship that seeks to identify previously obscured connections between Victorian literary culture and twentieth century modernism
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This book explores women’s short supernatural fiction between the emergence of first wave feminism and the post-suffrage period, arguing that while literary ghosts enabled an interrogation of women’s changing circumstances, ghosts could have both subversive and conservative implications. Haunted house narratives by Charlotte Riddell and Margaret Oliphant become troubled by uncanny reminders of the origins of middle-class wealth in domestic and foreign exploitation. Corpse-like revenants are deployed in Female Gothic tales by Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Edith Nesbit to interrogate masculine aestheticisation of female death. In the culturally-hybrid supernaturalism of Alice Perrin, the ‘Marriage Question’ migrates to colonial India, and psychoanalytically-informed stories by May Sinclair, Eleanor Scott and Violet Hunt explore just how far gender relations have really progressed in the post-First World War period. Study of the woman’s short story productively problematises literary histories about the “golden age” of the ghost story, and about the transition from Victorianism to modernism.

About the authors

Victoria Margree is Principal Lecturer in the Humanities, and Academic Programme Leader for the Humanities Programme at the University of Brighton, UK. 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Our Own Ghostliness

    Pages 1-26

    Margree, Victoria

  • (Other)Worldly Goods: Ghost Fiction as Financial Writing in Margaret Oliphant and Charlotte Riddell

    Pages 27-67

    Margree, Victoria

  • Neither Punishment nor Poetry: Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Edith Nesbit and Female Death

    Pages 69-110

    Margree, Victoria

  • The Good Memsahib? Marriage, Infidelity and Empire in Alice Perrin’s Anglo-Indian Tales

    Pages 111-145

    Margree, Victoria

  • Haunted Modernity in the Uncanny Stories of May Sinclair, Eleanor Scott and Violet Hunt

    Pages 147-192

    Margree, Victoria

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
British Women’s Short Supernatural Fiction, 1860–1930
Book Subtitle
Our Own Ghostliness
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27142-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27142-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27141-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 203
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