Gothic intertextuality
in Gothic Forms of Feminine Fictions
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The web of feminine gothic writing has prompted contemporary critics to revise traditional concepts of literary influence. This chapter focuses on this new thinking about a feminine intertextualisation, which Barbara Godard calls 'filliation' and some core examples from historical gothicism. Neo-Gothicism reflects, in a postmodern move towards popular culture, what has been an important phenomenon of women's culture in the early 1970s: the so-called 'gothic boom', an explosion in the production and consumption of gothic romances. The chapter also focuses on the specific version of Canadian gothicism in its fictional tradition, its current critical discussion, and its ongoing intertextualisation. All of these aspects will recur, with a development from feminine gothic connectedness (Munro), to a parodic interaction with popular gothicism (Atwood), to an escape into the haunted Canadian 'landscape'. The chapter explains the phenomenon of popular horror with its specific set of narrative conventions and cultural effects.


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