Gothic texture
in Gothic Forms of Feminine Fictions
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A necessarily gendered subjectivity structures the gothic as feminine form in the following three ways. As a split subject it feminises the romance into an 'interrogative text'. As a subject-in-process it turns the gothic into the story of gender construction. As subject-in-relation with a gothic figure like the 'monstrous-feminine' it posits a radical attack on the constraints of 'Woman': the feminine ideal in a specific cultural historical context. This chapter presents an excursion into feminist and poststructuralist thinking about the subject. It offers a brief overview of the theoretical positions behind the subject processes that mark feminine gothic texture. Jane Eyre shows the emotional dimension of the gothic interrogative texture: the feminine mirror-text can also be seen as narrative of female desire, desire for another woman or for a female community.

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