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American Women's Regionalist Fiction

Mapping the Gothic

Editors: Elbert, Monika, Bode, Rita (Eds.)

  • Studies American women writers whose views of hauntings connect to their image of an internal domestic landscape
  • Examines how the collision between the local and national can lead to the Gothic protagonist’s sense of belonging or alienation
  • Addresses regions in the US that have their own specific versions of the Gothic including the South, New England, the West Coast, and the Midwest 
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About this book

 American Women’s Regionalist Fiction: Mapping the Gothic seeks to redress the monolithic vision of American Gothic by analyzing the various sectional or regional attempts to Gothicize what is most claustrophobic or peculiar about local history. Since women writers were often relegated to inferior status, it is especially compelling to look at women from the Gothic perspective. The regionalist Gothic develops along the line of difference and not unity—thus emphasizing regional peculiarities or a sense of superiority in terms of regional history, natural landscapes, immigrant customs, folk tales, or idiosyncratic ways.  The essays study the uncanny or the haunting quality of “the commonplace,” as Hawthorne would have it in his introduction to The House of the Seven Gables,  in regionalist Gothic fiction by a wide range of women writers between ca. 1850 and 1930.  This collection seeks to examine how/if the regionalist perspective is small, limited, and stultifying and leads to Gothic moments, or whether the intersection between local and national leads to a clash that is jarring and Gothic in nature.


About the authors

Monika Elbert is Professor of English and a Distinguished University Scholar at Montclair State University, USA. She is editor of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review and her recent publications include: Hawthorne in Context (2018) and, co-edited with Wendy Ryden, Haunting Realities:  Naturalist Gothic and American Realism (2017).

Rita Bode is Professor of English Literature at Trent University, Canada. Her co-edited collections include L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature(s) (2018) and L.M. Montgomery’s Rainbow Valleys: The Ontario Years, 1911-1942 (2015).


Reviews

“The individual essays collected in American Women’s Regionalist Fiction: Mapping the Gothic are valuable as perceptive studies of a wide range of women writers, but the book is ultimately more than the sum of its parts. Together, these essays establish the existence of a powerful literary tradition that unites Gothic conventions with a feminist exploration of landscape and place. Monika Elbert and Rita Bode and their contributors provide a compelling argument for the importance of this feminist transformation of Gothic spaces in the United States while recovering and illuminating a number of unjustly neglected texts.” (Alfred Bendixen, Lecturer in English, Princeton University, USA, and Executive Director, American Literature Association)

 

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eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $139.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
American Women's Regionalist Fiction
Book Subtitle
Mapping the Gothic
Editors
  • Monika Elbert
  • Rita Bode
Series Title
Palgrave Gothic
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-55552-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-55552-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-55551-1
Series ISSN
2634-6214
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 454
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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