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Perils of the night : a feminist study of nineteenth-century Gothic

Author: Eugenia C DeLamotte
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1990.
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This book argues that the source of Gothic terror is anxiety about the boundaries of the self: a double fear of separateness and unity that has had a special significance for women writers and readers. Exploring the psychological, religious, and epistemological context of this anxiety, DeLamotte argues that the Gothic vision focuses simultaneously on the private demons of the psyche and the social realities that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Charlotte Brontë; Charlotte Brontë
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eugenia C DeLamotte
ISBN: 0195056930 9780195056938
OCLC Number: 18740992
Description: ix, 352 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: I. Boundaries of the self as a Gothic theme: Introduction: The genre, the canon, and the myth ; 1. Self-defense in the Gothic tradition : Radcliffe, Brockden Brown, Henry James ; 2. The mystery of knowledge : Frankenstein, Melmoth, Pierre ; 3. "Deadly iteration" : Hawthorne's Gothic vision ; 4. Boundaries of the self as romantic theme : Emily Brontë --
II. Boundaries of the self in women's Gothic: 5. Speaking "I" and the Gothic nightmare : boundaries of the self as a woman's theme; 6. Gothic romance and women's reality in Jane Eyre ; 7. Villette : demystifying women's Gothic.
Responsibility: Eugenia C. DeLamotte.
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This book begins from the premise that the major conventions of the Gothic romance involve boundaries or barriers, which the Gothicist uses to play simultaneously on the fear of separateness and the  Read more...

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