Gothic Forms of Feminine Fictions

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Manchester University Press, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 335 pages
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Gothic forms of feminine fictions is a study of the powers of the Gothic in late twentieth-century fiction and film. Susanne Becker argues that the Gothic, two hundred years after it emerged, exhibits renewed vitality in our media age with its obsession for stimulation and excitement.
Today's globalised entertainment culture, relying on soaps, reality TV shows, celebrity and excess, is reflected in the emotional trajectory of the Gothic's violence, eroticism and sentimental excess.
Gothic forms of feminine fictions discusses a wide range of anglophone Gothic romances, from the classics through pulp fictions to a postmodern Gothica. This timely and original study is a major contribution to gender and genre theory as well as cultural criticism of the contemporary. It will appeal to scholars in a wide range of fields and become essential for students of the Gothic, contemporary fiction - particularly Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood - and popular culture.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Gothic contextualisation
21
Gothic texture
41
Gothic intertextuality
66
VI
101
Aritha van Herk
199
TWO HUNDRED YEARS
251
Exceeding postmodernism
260
nineties gothica
283
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Susanne Becker is an editor for the culture-documentaries department of German Television (ZDF) in Mainz.

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