Female Gothic Histories

Gender, History and the Gothic

Author(s): Diana Wallace

Language: English

Genre(s): Gender Studies Literary Criticism

Series: Gothic Literary Studies

  • March 2013 · 272pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Hardback - 9780708325742
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783160310
  • · eBook - mobi - 9781783160327
  • · eBook - pdf - 9780708325759

About The Book

Female Gothic Histories: Gender, History and the Gothic is an innovative new study of the ways in which women writers have used Gothic historical fiction to symbolise and counter their exclusion from traditional historical narratives.


In 'Female Gothic Histories' Diana Wallace provides a powerful account of the centrality of historical fiction to the evolution of the Gothic and, in the process, re-writes the story of the origins of the historical novel. Her finely-argued and nuanced case-studies -- ranging from Sophia Lee in the C18thth to Sarah Waters in the C21st -- will cause readers to reflect anew upon both genres and the intriguing ways in which their genealogies intertwine. Elegantly written, carefully researched and imaginative in its use of literary and feminist theory, this book will quickly establish itself as priority reading for students and scholars alike. Professor Lynne Pearce, Lancaster University.


1 Introduction 2. The Murder of the Mother: Sophia Lee’s The Recess (1783-5) Coda: The daughter’s story: Ann Radcliffe and the Female Gothic 3. Be-witched and Ghosted: Elizabeth Gaskell’s Gothic historical tales 4. Puzzling over the Past: Vernon Lee’s fantastic stories 5. Displacing the Past: Daphne du Maurier and the modern Gothic 6. Queer as History: Sarah Water’s Gothic historical novels Afterword

About the Author(s)

Diana Wallace

Diana Wallace is Professor of English Literature at the University of South Wales. She is the author of Female Gothic Histories (2013), The Woman’s Historical Novel (2005) and Sisters and Rivals in British Women’s Fiction, 1914–39 (2000).

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