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Melissa Edmundson

Throughout the nineteenth century, the term ‘uncomfortable houses’ was used to describe properties where restless spirits made life unpleasant for any living persons who tried to claim these supernatural residences as their own. This article uses the idea of ‘uncomfortable houses’ to examine how this ghostly discomfort related to larger cultural issues of economics and class in Victorian Britain. Authors such as Charlotte Riddell and Margaret Oliphant used the haunted house story as a means of social critique which commented on the financial problems facing many lower- and middle-class Victorians. Their stories focus on the moral development of the protagonists and reconciliation through the figure of the ghost, ultimately giving readers the happy endings that many male-authored ghost stories lack. Riddell‘s ‘The Old House in Vauxhall Walk’ and ‘Walnut-Tree House’ and Oliphant‘s ‘The Open Door’ serve as important examples of this ‘suburban Gothic’ literature.

Gothic Studies
Bernice M. Murphy

of narrative is the frequency with which the sanctity and supposedly inherent moral worth of the nuclear family is violently rent asunder. In the Suburban Gothic, in other words, you frequently have the most to fear from those you are related to. In American popular culture, suburbanites are seldom menaced by a terrible ‘other’; instead, they tend to be violently despatched by one of their own, usually

in Gothic kinship
Steven Sheil’s Mum & Dad
Johannes Schlegel

’. 7 Williams, Hearths of Darkness , p. 13. Emphasis added. 8 Lennard J. Davis, Enforcing Normalcy , p. 24. 9 Again, see Williams. For a similar, contradictory argument cf. Bernice M. Murphy, The Suburban Gothic

in Gothic kinship
Laurence Talairach-Vielmas

shadows and secrets for a space saturated with objects whose glitter reveal their depthlessness – the place is, in fact, as flat as a picture, constructing desire as a mere ‘bourgeois horror of the void’ (Crary, 1992 : 127, 62, 125). Associated with the world of commerce, speculation and consumption, Collins’s ‘suburban Gothic’ (Wagner, 2006 ) turns derelict castles and wild scenery into dazzling

in Monstrous media/spectral subjects
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The horrors of class in Eric Kripke’s Supernatural
Julia M. Wright

Macmillan, 2004 ); on the “suburban gothic,” see, e.g., Kim Michasiw, “Some stations of suburban gothic,” American Gothic: New Interventions in a National Narrative , ed. Robert K. Martin and Eric Savoy (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1998 ), pp. 236–57. 20

in Men with stakes