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Gothic and Gender: An Introduction Hardcover – August 13, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0631200499 ISBN-10: 0631200495 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (August 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631200495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631200499
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,828,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gothic novels tell terrifying stories of patriarchal societies that thrive on the oppression or even outright sacrifice of women and others. Donna Heiland's Gothic and Gender offers a historically informed theoretical introduction to key gothic narratives from a feminist perspective. The book concentrates primarily on fiction from the 1760s through the 1840s, exploring the work of Horace Walpole, Clara Reeve, Sophia Lee, Matthew Lewis, Charlotte Dacre, Charles Maturin, Ann Radcliffe, William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, John Polidori, James Malcolm Rymer, Emily Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, Charlotte Smith, and Charles Brockden Brown. The final chapter looks at contemporary fiction and its relation to the gothic, including an exploration of Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin and Ann-Marie Macdonald's Fall on Your Knees A Coda provides an overview of scholarship on the gothic, showing how gothic gradually became a major focus for literary critics, and paying particular attention to the feminist reinvigoration of gothic studies that began in the 1970s and continues today. Taken as a whole the book offers a stimulating survey of the representation of gender in the gothic, suitable for both students and readers of gothic literature.

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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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Food maven on December 28, 2012
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I used this book on a paper on feminism, Gothic works, and a few more. This is actually a good book on the history of Gothic writing although the title makes one think it is specifically about gender. I would definitely suggest this book to students of literature of any type.
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