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Women’s Ghost Literature in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Author(s): Melissa Edmundson Makala

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism

Series: Gothic Literary Studies

February 2013

Hardback - 9780708325643 eBook - epub - 9780708326978 eBook - pdf - 9780708325650

About The Book

Women’s Ghost Literature in Nineteenth-Century Britain examines the Female Gothic genre and how it expanded to include not only gender concerns but also social critiques of repressed sexuality, economics and imperialism.

Endorsements

"This groundbreaking study makes a persuasive case that nineteenth century women authors wrote ghosts into their fiction and poetry not just to entertain but as a vehicle for social criticism. Through the figure of the ghost, they drew attention to religious, gender and class-based inequality within British society and to the human costs of empire and the industrial revolution." Professor Paula Feldman, University of South Carolina

Contents

Introduction 1 Female Revenants and the Beginnings of Women’s Ghost Literature 2 Ghostly Lovers and Transgressive Supernatural Sexualities 3 ‘Uncomfortable Houses’ and the Spectres of Capital 4 Haunted Empire: Spectral Uprisings as Imperialist Critique Conclusion

About the Author(s)

Melissa Edmundson Makala

Dr Melissa Edmundson Makala teaches in the division of arts and letters at the University of South Carolina.

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