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Mark Lussier

that, when adapted to Blake's purposes, can only be termed, in advance of Deleuze and Guattari, a schizoanalytic approach to poetic and textual production. The work, simply stated, analyses the plight of women, who occupy the space of jouissance (for the male subject) and thereby are forced to function as the sought object (Lacan's objet a ) in a competition between two competing forms of the masculine. This oppressive state of the feminine

in William Blake's Gothic imagination
Narrating incest through ‘différance’ in the work of Angela Carter, A.S. Byatt and Doris Lessing
Emma V. Miller and Miles Leeson

the plight of women, resulting from the romanticisation of the joining of not only two bodies in marriage but two minds, where one party was defined legally, scientifically and culturally as superior to the other, becomes worryingly apparent. Yet, Davidoff comments that ‘[b]rother-sister incest as an explanation of human origins is found in almost every culture, including the Judaic-Christian’ and ‘[b

in Incest in contemporary literature
Marie Mulvey-Roberts

describes the cruelties of planters in his anti-slavery novel set in Saint-Domingue called The Daughter of Adoption (1801). Godwin reported on the slave trade for the Whig New Annual Register in the 1780s and 1790s and witnessed the defeat of Wilberforce’s motion in April 1791 from the visitor’s gallery of the House of Commons. 33 While Wollstonecraft famously compared the plight of women to slaves

in Dangerous bodies
William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft and the perils of the present
Jonathan Dent

been familiarised and sophisticated by events in France’ ( 1983 , 221). Reminiscent of Marie Antoinette’s flight from persecution, Emily (the novel’s heroine) is menaced by the malevolent Montoni (the novel’s villain) and compelled to escape from his tyrannical rule. Preserving the spirit of the Female Gothic, Radcliffe constructs a fictional past to draw attention to the plight of women in the eighteenth century: a

in Sinister histories
Sophia Lee’s The Recess (1783–85), the Gothic and history
Jonathan Dent

’s Loyalist Gothic work upheld the law as a bastion of order and civility, Lee’s Female Gothic novel presents it as something inherently misogynistic: as a male-driven, impersonal force that imprisons and socially suffocates women. Utilising Gothic tropology and focusing on the plight of women in the sixteenth century, The Recess conducts a bitter critique of eighteenth-century law, and, more

in Sinister histories