David Galef1
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  • 1 Montclair State University
What is Done in Youth
Sibling Rivalry in Elizabeth Gaskell‘s The Old Nurse‘s Story
in Gothic Studies
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Elizabeth Gaskell s The Old Nurse s Story (1852) occupies a shadowy middle ground between Gothic tale and case history. Concerning sibling rivalry and parental abuse recollected from the vantage of old age, it is both a ghost story and a narrative of maternal absence, paternal domination, transference, and the return of the repressed. Using both psychoanalysis and Gothic genre criticism, this essay traces, in miniature, the Victorian movement from spirits to sexual psychology.

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