Introduction
in Gothic Forms of Feminine Fictions
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This chapter focuses on the narrative and ideological components that shape gothic fictions as feminine forms. Although the power and international impact of women writers in Canada have long been recognised, criticism have tended to marginalise them or else to subsume them as American. Therefore, the chapter discusses Anglophone intertexts around core examples from the Canadian postmodern. Neo-gothicism reflects the feminine dimensions of the ongoing cultural and literary change: after all, gothic horror is domestic horror, family horror, and addresses precisely these obviously 'gendered' problems of everyday life. Two centuries after Ann Radcliffe, important novels like A. S. Byatt's Possession and Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace use the possibilities of the neo-gothic form to disclose the epistemological urge, the emotionalised sense of (global) culture and sensationalist media industry on the threshold of the millennium.

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