Witches, Demon Lovers and Female Monsters

Monica Germanà

in Scottish Women's Gothic and Fantastic Writing

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780748637645
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652259 | DOI:
Witches, Demon Lovers and Female Monsters

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This chapter focuses on the topic of witches in contemporary fantastic writings of Scottish women. It analyses Ellen Galford's Queendom Come, Alice Thompson's Pandora's Box and Ali Smith's The Accidental. The chapter suggests that the witch in these works is a simultaneous embodiment of female marginalisation and feminist subversion, and that the dangerous woman characters challenge binary oppositions between gender and the established hierarchical order.

Keywords: witches; fantastic writings; Scottish women; Ellen Galford; Queendom Come; Alice Thompson; Pandoras Box; Ali Smith; Accidental; feminist subversion

Chapter.  17544 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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