Chatterjee argues that Fenwick in Secresy (1795) uses images of lesbian desire in order to challenge the then prevailing models of gender. Fenwick‘s associations with such Jacobins as William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Mary Hays underline her radical credentials, and Chatterjee argues that Secresy develops feminist ideas drawn from Wollstonecraft. However she also argues that the novels focus on same-sex desire challenges the whole notion of gender ascriptions in the period and so ultimately moves the debate beyond Wollstonecraft.
Ranita Chatterjee explores in Chapter 11 the Gothic kinship ties between hero Harry Potter and villain Lord Voldemort in J.K. Rowling’s famous novel series. Their physically intertwined existence – Harry is Voldemort’s monstrous soul progeny – gives occasion to analyse blood ties beyond the nuclear family. Chatterjee argues that that the Potter series, with its prominence of literal and figurative blood ties, reconfigures the act of sacrifice as not only feminine and maternal, but also problematically generative insofar as Harry’s mother’s blood both protects the hero and empowers the villain.