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Gothic and Gender

An Introduction

Donna Heiland

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft


Gothic novels tell terrifying stories of patriarchal societies thatthrive on the oppression or even outright sacrifice of women andothers. Donna Heiland's Gothic and Gender offers ahistorically informed theoretical introduction to key gothicnarratives from a feminist perspective. The book concentrates primarily on fiction from the 1760sthrough the 1840s, exploring the work of Horace Walpole, ClaraReeve, Sophia Lee, Matthew Lewis, Charlotte Dacre, Charles Maturin,Ann Radcliffe, William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley,John Polidori, James Malcolm Rymer, Emily Brontë, CharlotteBrontë, Charlotte Smith, and Charles Brockden Brown. The finalchapter looks at contemporary fiction and its relation to thegothic, including an exploration of Margaret Atwood's TheBlind Assassin and Ann-Marie Macdonald's Fall on YourKnees A Coda provides an overview of scholarship on the gothic,showing how gothic gradually became a major focus for literarycritics, and paying particular attention to the feministreinvigoration of gothic studies that began in the 1970s andcontinues today. Taken as a whole the book offers a stimulating survey of therepresentation of gender in the gothic, suitable for both studentsand readers of gothic literature.



Literature, 18th Century English Literature, Literaturwissenschaft, Romane, The Novel, Englische Literatur / 18. Jhd.