Matriarchal picture identification in first-wave British Gothic fiction
in Gothic kinship
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This chapter deals with the importance of maternal miniature identification for first-wave Gothic heroines. Elliott focuses on how first-wave Gothic fiction pits matriarchal against patriarchal pictorial identifications to reinforce the bourgeois attack on aristocratic patriarchy with gendered as well as class-based narratives of kinship. Gothic texts such as Evelina, The Confessional of Valombre and others demonstrate that, against an overt play of binary oppositions, and against the prevailing emphasis on difference in contemporary literary studies, the greatest power of matriarchal picture identification lies in its ability to produce and project devastating resemblances.

Editors: Agnes Andeweg and Sue Zlosnik


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