Sisterhood is monstrous
Gothic imagery in Dutch feminist fiction
in Gothic kinship
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In chapter 7, Agnes Andeweg focuses on the Gothic dimensions of sisterhood in Dutch feminist fiction. Renate Dorrestein’s (1954) fictional autobiography Het perpetuum mobile van de liefde (The Perpetual Motion Machine of Love, 1988) offers a case of Gothic monstrosity perceived from a feminist perspective. Whereas the feminine monster has usually been read as indicator of the register of difference, in Dorrestein’s work the monster is monstrous because of an uncanny resemblance between Self and Other. Dorrestein investigates the feminist notion of sisterhood through the autobiographical narrative about her sister’s suicide and fictional monsters. By making the political personal again, Dorrestein finds modes to express the unspeakable rivalry and competition between sisters – and that includes feminists.

Editors: Agnes Andeweg and Sue Zlosnik


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