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Haunted houses, hidden rooms
Women, domesticity and the female Gothic adaptation on television
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Popular television drama produced for a specifically female audience has been thought about and discussed in relation to a number of key dramatic genres within British television. From the end of the eighteenth century onwards, popular, inexpensive outlets for the female Gothic narrative attracted the female reader. It was presumed that they avidly 'devoured' the serialised fictions of domestic terror, following the fates of a bevy of female victim-heroines. A number of female Gothic adaptations were broadcast on television in the UK. These included three BBC adaptations of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, and adaptations of Peter Godfrey's The Two Mrs Carrolls and Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White (Hour of Mystery). Rebecca, as with the other female Gothic narratives, implicitly critiques the representation of the domestic space as ideal home, and in fact expresses an anxiety around the image of the perfected woman or wife.

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