Palgrave Gothic

Contemporary Women's Gothic Fiction

Carnival, Hauntings and Vampire Kisses

Authors: Wisker, Gina

  • Establishes a canon for contemporary women’s writing in the area of the Gothic by showing how it forms part of a much longer tradition of women’s writing 
  • Fills a gap in the market and promises to stand out as a definitive work 
  • Accessible writing style and knowledge of the field will have a wide appeal for students, general readers and academics 
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About this book

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. 

About the authors

Gina Wisker is Head of Learning and Teaching and Professor of Higher Education and Contemporary Literature, University of Brighton, UK. She teaches MA and BA in literature and supervises postgraduate students. Gina is an Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning development consultant. She has lived in Singapore, Cyprus and Malta and now runs workshops worldwide – in the Far East, Australasia, the USA, Sweden and South Africa – particularly on supervising postgraduates and writing for academic publication. She is the author of a number of books, chapters and articles including Getting Published, The Good Supervisor, Postgraduate Research Handbook and Horror Fiction. She also writes and publishes poetry and short stories, and is co-editor of SEDA journal Innovations in Education and Teaching International, online horror journal Dissections and poetry e-zine Spokes. Gina peer reviews for several literature and higher education journals and is on the advisory board for FEMSPEC and the Atlantic Literary Review. She lives in Cambridge with her two sons and small dog. 

Reviews

“This study offers an incredibly comprehensive and detailed analysis of contemporary women’s Gothic fiction. Wisker’s ability to categorise the various strains of contemporary women’s writing into their relevant Gothic subgenres creates an orderly and fascinating catalogue of research that is not only beneficial to scholars working in such areas but also a true delight to read!” (Donna Mitchell, The Gothic Imagination, February, 2017)


“At last we have a definitive guide to the marriage between contemporary women’s fiction and the Gothic, which gleefully plunges the romance plot into darkness and prises heroines away from constraining narratives in an endless series of reinventions from the Cartesque through to the post-colonial.” (Marie Mulvey-Roberts, University of the West of England, UK)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Wisker, Gina

    Pages 1-31

  • Angela Carter: Living in Gothic Times

    Wisker, Gina

    Pages 33-62

  • Margaret Atwood and Canadian Women’s Gothic—Spite, Lies, Split Selves and Self-Deception

    Wisker, Gina

    Pages 63-90

  • Cultural Haunting: Toni Morrison and Tananarive Due

    Wisker, Gina

    Pages 91-115

  • Postcolonial and Cultural Haunting Revenants—Letting the ‘Right’ Ones in

    Wisker, Gina

    Pages 117-132

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-30349-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-30348-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contemporary Women's Gothic Fiction
Book Subtitle
Carnival, Hauntings and Vampire Kisses
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Gothic
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-30349-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-30349-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-30348-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 269
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