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Contemporary Women's Gothic Fiction

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Contemporary Women's Gothic Fiction by Gina Wisker

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This book revives and revitalises the literary Gothic in the hands of contemporary women writers. It makes a scholarly, lively and convincing case that the Gothic makes horror respectable, and establishes contemporary women's Gothic fictions in and against traditional Gothic. The book provides new, engaging perspectives on established contemporary women Gothic writers, with a particular focus on Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood and Toni Morrison. It explores how the Gothic is malleable in their hands and is used to demythologise oppressions based on difference in gender and ethnicity. The study presents new Gothic work and new nuances, critiques of dangerous complacency and radical questionings of what is safe and conformist in works as diverse as Twilight (Stephenie Meyer) and A Girl Walks Home Alone (Ana Lily Amirpur), as well as by Anne Rice and Poppy Brite. It also introduces and critically explores postcolonial, vampire and neohistorical Gothic and women's ghost stories.

Author Biography

Gina Wisker is Head of Learning and Teaching and Professor of Higher Education and Contemporary Literature, University of Brighton, UK. She teaches MA and BA in literature and supervises postgraduate students. Gina is an Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning development consultant. She has lived in Singapore, Cyprus and Malta and now runs workshops worldwide - in the Far East, Australasia, the USA, Sweden and South Africa - particularly on supervising postgraduates and writing for academic publication. She is the author of a number of books, chapters and articles including Getting Published, The Good Supervisor, Postgraduate Research Handbook and Horror Fiction. She also writes and publishes poetry and short stories, and is co-editor of SEDA journal Innovations in Education and Teaching International, online horror journal Dissections and poetry e-zine Spokes. Gina peer reviews for several literature and higher education journals and is on the advisory board for FEMSPEC and the Atlantic Literary Review. She lives in Cambridge with her two sons and small dog.
Release date NZ
November 4th, 2016
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
1st ed. 2016
VIII, 269 p.
Palgrave Macmillan
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