Avril Horner 1 and Sue Zlosnik 2
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  • 1 Kingston University
  • 2 Manchester Metropolitan University
Skin Chairs and other Domestic Horrors
Barbara Comyns and the Female Gothic Tradition
in Gothic Studies
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Horner and Zlosnik explore the work of the English novelist Barbara Comyns whose best-known works were published between 1950 and 1985. They focus on The Vet‘s Daughter (1959) and The Skin Chairs (1962) and explore how Comyns‘s use of parody, wit, and humour exposes the horrors of domestic life. For Horner and Zlosnik this constitutes a Female Comic Gothic which is grotesque and blackly comic in its critical assault on patriarchal plots, and so constitutes a particular form of the Female Gothic which became popular in the twentieth century.

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